Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy New Year!



May the New Year bring you all the blessings and graces that you deserve and have been praying for.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quentin Tarantino in a Strange Japanese Commercial



This is a strange one that only the Japanese it seems would truly understand.

However, you can weigh in on what you think this commercial means at Mashable, which is where I saw it. There are some explanations there.

As for me, no explanations necessary. It's Tarantino, it's weird, it has martial arts moves... it's perfect.

The God of Tetris

Finally, an explanation for how Tetris decided on what blocks to let down.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Finally, the fight is on: Pacquiao vs Mayweather on March 13, 2010



With the superfight, in essence, all but a done deal except for some 'minor' issues to be ironed out by Bob Arum and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the all-important question is not "Who will win?" or "Will it be an exciting fight?"

Who wins will depend on how Mayweather decides to fight the Pacman. If Mayweather runs from the start and continues to the end, he has a good chance of winning. If he decides to engage in the beginning, before he does any running, Manny Pacquiao has a shot. Look at how Cotto struggled to stay alive once he had gotten a taste of Pacquiao's firepower.

Either way, it promises to be an interesting show, just from the possibility of having Pacquiao chase Mayweather and tag him with a couple of blows. It probably won't have a lot of fireworks, but I'm sure we'll see enough. Trust Freddie Roach, "Master" Roach, to have figured this one out.

At this point, the world just wants to see the guy with the big mouth go up against the guy with the big heart. And if Pacquiao wins, well that would be a fitting cap to a stellar career. If he loses, and we hope he won't, it would have been a great fight anyway.

The big unanswered question is this: what happens now to Pacquiao's run for the congressional seat in Saranggani?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Insane driving challenges: loop the loop

Everyone has a crazy driver in the family, but I doubt if any of them have ever tried something like this:


Ouch.

In case any of you are inspired by that supreme act of motoring masochism, maybe you should watch this:



And that's why you should have paid attention in Physics class, kids.

Monday, November 16, 2009

For the loyal members of Team Jacob...

... and for the wife who has been doing a New Moon daily countdown.

Floyd Mayweather Jr: : I'm in a no-win situation vs Manny Pacquiao

edit <-- video has been replaced

Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets defensive. Watch the video to hear the lame-o excuses.

He's trying to make it look like the Pacman's avoiding him ... forgetting that Freddie Roach called him out right after the fight.

Plus he's trying to explain why even if he wins, he still loses against the Pacman. Or maybe he's justifying why he doesn't want to fight Pacquiao.

(Pacman has always allowed his promoters and team members to be the ones to iron out who he fights and at what terms. He's not afraid of you, Floyd. He's just being true to form.)

And speaking of being true to form: weren't you the one making noises about wanting a 65-35 split of the purse if you went up against Pacquiao -- supposedly because you're a bigger crowd drawer? Well, not anymore, huh? Now you have to scramble to come up with silly excuses like these to avoid facing your first ever loss.

If you're really that good, Floyd, you could beat Manny Pacquiao EVEN IF the price wasn't right. Agree to a 50 - 50 split and we'll see if you really are the best boxer in the world and the pound for pound king -- see, the only one who thinks and says that it's you is , well, you.

Manny Pacquiao doesn't need to prove anything anymore -- he could hang up his gloves and say goodbye, and he'd still have achieved something much bigger than you could ever do.

And that's not just about achieving titles in seven weight classes. He brought boxing back from the dead. He made boxing worth watching again. Whereas you... you turned it into a snoozefest. You bring boring to the table and who wants to watch that?

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EDIT:

Here's the transcript just in case the video gets removed:

"The thing is with Pacquiao I don't see any versatility as a fighter; he's a good puncher but just one-dimensional."

"When they asked Manny Pacquiao 'would you like to fight Floyd Mayweather' he said talk to my promoter; they didn't ask your promoter they asked you, what do you want to do? Manny Pacquiao was asked the same question 'do you want to fight Floyd Mayweather' three times. This is something the world is trying to force on him. If he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather all he has to do is step up to the plate."

"I'm in a no-win situation. If I beat Manny Pacquiao, do you know what they are going to say? 'You are supposed to beat him, you are Floyd Mayweather, you are the bigger man'. If I knock him out they'll say 'you're supposed to knock him out he's been knocked out before'."

"I'm in a no-win situation and when I beat him no one is going to be surprised because he's been beaten before; whatever I do to Pacquiao has been done before - he's been beaten on three occasions. And if I knock him out I don't want the world shouting because he's been knocked out twice before."

"If I go out and make $60-75 million in one night; come on - I'm not losing. Can Manny Pacquiao beat me? Absolutely not."

"The world's going to go 'wow' if Floyd Mayweather gets beaten. That's what everyone is looking to see. What's going on now at the world of boxing is they're trying to build a fighter, make a fighter that can beat me."

"I don't get no respect in the world of boxing. I do my interviews, you got different fighters that disrespect me, and come in on my interviews, which is not fair. Now Manny Pacquiao when he does his interviews, he can do his interviews for 20 minutes, then they go interview his trainers, and the rest of the people in his team. Now, with me, they interview me, they got guys jumping in, being very disrespectful."

"I'm not saying Cotto is not a good fighter, flat-footed, been in a lot of wars. There's nothing cool about taking punishment. 'Oh, I beat this guy up he beat me up. I got a swell eye, a rip lip, bloody nose, a broken rib, made a few million, and my hand got raised.' There's nothing cool about taking punishment."

"Floyd Mayweather beat 13 world champions, 6 time world champion, in 5 different weight classes, and won official belts. I beat fighters at official classes, and I move up to 130. No different than Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao weigh 106 when he was 16, just like Floyd Mayweather."

"My career is fine, what's so cool is I can take no punishment, no bumps, no bruises. When my career is over I have a job as a commentator, and I will be a great promoter. That's the great thing about my career, I can't speak for other fighter."


-- this is actually a better video since it's more complete and shows more of Mayweather's side than the previous one I posted. Nevertheless, I stand by what I said in the post.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The worst wedding fail video EVER



There are simply no words to describe this.

Manny Pacquiao defeats Miguel Cotto: Mayweather next?



It took twelve rounds with the Pacman dominating from the second round onwards. It may not have been as one-sided as the demolitions of Hatton or De la Hoya or Diaz or Morales but this was still a largely Pacquiao show. Cotto and his camp (as well as Mayweather, incidentally) said that the Pacman had faced washed-out, over-the-hill, aging fighters in De la Hoya and Morales as well as second-rate pugilists in Diaz and Hatton, ergo he would finally meet his match in Cotto: a true welterweight, in his prime. Miguel Cotto, they said, would be the real measure of whether Pacquiao deserved his pound for pound king reputation.

Well, what can we say really except this: well, guys, now you know.

Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao.

Now, as for you Mr. Mayweather... you better get your begging bowl ready because if you want a shot at the Pacman, you better shut up, beg, and take whatever deal you can get. Fifty-fifty sounds real generous actually, being that Manny has just cemented his reputation as one of the biggest and most exciting fighters in the sport -- while you only have a reputation for being a loudmouth who's all about the money and avoiding a real punch-up. Otherwise, we'll all be left thinking that you're just afraid of getting hammered and looking like Cotto by round 12.

As the ex-pound for pound king, it should be about facing the Manny, and not the money.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Celebrity Dramatic Reading Deathmatch: Christopher Walken vs Jude Law

Here's Christopher Walken:


... and here's Jude Law (sorry, couldn't find a longer clip):


So, who's got a better Poker Face?

Have a great weekend, folks.

(Thanks for the tip, MACR)

For the Gleeks: the Glee High School Reunion...

... would look something like this:

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody


Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Taylor Swift wins on SNL ... and the Country Music Awards

Here's Taylor Swift's hilarious Saturday Night Live monologue ... and yes, there are references to the guy who dumped her over the phone, the guy from Twilight she's supposedly dating AND the guy who interrupted her speech during the Video Music Awards.


Here are the lyrics:

– “I like writing songs about douchebags who cheat on me but I’m not gonna say that in my monologue.”
– “You might think I’d bring up Joe [Jonas], that guy who broke up with me on the phone, but I’m not gonna mention him in my monologue. Hey Joe, I’m doing real well. Tonight, I’m hosting SNL but I’m not gonna brag about that in my monologue. La la la. Ha ha ha. La la la.”
– “And if you’re wondering if I might be dating the werewolf from Twilight. Hey Taylor [Lautner]! (blows kiss, winks) But I’m not gonna comment on that in my monologue.”
– “You might be expecting me to say something bad about Kanye [West] and how he ran up on stage and ruined my VMA monologue. But there’s nothing more to say cuz everything’s okay. I’ve got security lining the stage. It’s my SNL monologue.”
“We have a great show. Kanye West is NOT here, so stick around. We’ll be right back.”

And here's her acceptance speech for the Country Music Awards.


You can argue that she shouldn't have won over the more established stars of country (like Keith Urban, for example) -- but if the idea for Entertainer of the Year is to honor the country performer who's made country accessible to a wider market (and somehow will get more of the masses interested in other artists from the genre), then it's well deserved.

I have no idea who Brad Paisley and the others are. Oh, and I happen to like country music -- the Dixie Chicks & Trisha Yearwood, in particular. Fine, they've all crossed over. But I ended up buying country albums too, didn't I? And that's what the industry should be concerned about, I think.

So: CONGRATULATIONS, TAYLOR SWIFT!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Manny Pacquiao has grown much more comfortable being interviewed in English, don't you think?





His singing is still, well, you be the judge.



Could he be singing this for Miguel Cotto ?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Noynoy's Lucky Stars



What a show of support.

Say what you will about artistas and endorsements -- that they were only doing it for the money -- but does anyone honestly believe that all of these artistas were paid for this? The word is they offered their services for free. Same for Ogie Alcasid, who wrote the song, and the production crew and shops that did the material.

So why'd they do it -- effectively closing the doors on any other political endorsements, especially now when the demand and price for entertainers doing political endorsements is up?

(That's a rhetorical question, of course.)

And while I'm at it, this kind of leaves Erap, Villar, and Gibo's camps with the leavings of Philippine showbiz, doesn't it? Especially when they'll have to pay for the talent. This kind of blows everyone else out of the water.

Incidentally, I'm sure a lot of you are thinking that this TVC does not remove the pressing need for the NoyMar camp to lay out its program of government ASAP. I wholeheartedly agree.

Nevertheless, this TVC can only help boost the NoyMar campaign.

Ever seen a real catfight?

Freddie Roach vs Manny Villar

Everyone wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao, even Manny Villar.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I watched U2 perform live

... when they broadcast their concert live on Youtube.

Watched this with my officemates -- during lunchbreak, boss, in case you're reading this.

The sound wasn't bad at all though the video was patchy and would freeze at times. Still, with everyone in this part of the world (read: Manila) convinced that U2 will NEVER ever play here, this is the best we can get. Short of flying to watch them, which most of us can't afford anyway.

You'll notice - if you haven''t seen U2 in a while - that Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have aged. They're not exactly ossified yet - but they will be by the time you get enough cash to watch them 'live', chances are.

So, check them out here while they still retain some of their youth as well as see why they remain one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Banned New Moon Trailer



For the Twilighters out there -- like my wife, who will no doubt be pestering me to watch this with her, and who will be talking about this movie with anyone who pretends to listen for another few weeks after that.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Other 100 Best Movie Quotes of All Time



Everyone has their favorite movie lines -- well. here's a hundred that you just might have missed, but which I'm sure you'll remember if you're of a certain age.

Take a look and tell me what your favorites are.

Here's one: “Okay, you have a body in a car, minus a head in the garage. Take me to it.” Pulp Fiction

BTW, there's a lot of profanity. You've been warned.

(Thanks to Macr for this one)

Friday, October 23, 2009

WTF!

This is weird, true and freaky: a three-headed frog.

A freak of nature or a menage a trois?

Either way...

I'm going to have strange dreams tonight, I think.

This is Michael Jackson's Last Song

This is it, literally.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We Need You to Keep Helping

After Typhoon Ketsana / Ondoy...



came Typhoon Parma / Pepeng...




People STILL need your help and will continue to do so for a long, long while.



Please donate to the Philippine National Red Cross.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A new species on display at the Bristol Zoo

I'm thinking we should also put up signboards on the following places because the occupants are important sub-species as well:
Malacanang Palace
The Senate
The offices of all the politicos who made infomercials / commercials

I bet you could add more.

I'm not paranoid: Psychic soldiers are for real

The X-Phile in me has always believed that things like CIA training programs for developing psychic weapons existed... But just because you believe (or want to believe) doesn't make it real.

UntiI saw this trailer, which is based on a journalist's account that it really did exist. (Read a review of the book it was based on here.)

The movie "The Men who Stare at Goats" -- again, which is based on TRUE events -- seems funny. But the political, military and even corporate implications are a bit scary. Think about it: mind control by a foreign country over your nation's leadership, mind control in the battlefield, mind control in the boardroom.... who wouldn't want that on their side? And I bet it's a heck of a lot cheaper than creating a nuclear program, building a first-world army -- and easier to hide from an unsuspecting public.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

15 babes in bikinis + high-tech circuitry + DJ = nerdtastic

You can call this body-paint-circuitry stuff high-tech or maybe even tech-meets-art or whatever you want... I think it's really a nerd's excuse to gather a bevy of scantily-clad women and have a reason to touch them.

Brilliant.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

What do you want to thank Cory for?



Rest in Peace, Cory Aquino. 1933 - 2009

We have much to thank Cory for. The obvious one and the one which will be spoken and repeated over and over in the next few days will be for her role in the restoration of democracy.

But that, while important and central to the story of Cory's legacy, is meaningless to a generation of youngsters for whom Cory was just another president.

So, let's fix that.

Help me list down the things that Cory did for you and me in the comments section below:

1. She made me believe in the power of people to decide on their destinies.
2. She showed that it is important to stand up and fight for your beliefs.
3. She showed me that it is important to follow the Constitution.
4. She showed that it is possible for a leader to give up power with grace and with humility.
5. She showed the army and the police that it is possible to gain credibility and the people's respect.
6. She showed that a woman can be a leader -- and a good leader -- of this country.
7. She broke up the country's monopolies and allowed free market competition.
8. She made the Philippines a country that we were proud of.
9. She showed that while everyone around you could be corrupt, you could still maintain your political purity.
10. She showed that the presidency is just a position -- and that leadership and the people's respect is not dependent on your having it.

What do you want to add to the list?

Friday, July 31, 2009

"Ghostbusters" was a remake?!?

If this trailer on Youtube is to be believed, "Ghostbusters" actually came out in 1954 -- thirty years before the one we all saw when we were kids.


The New York Times called this Youtube video "incredible."

Other words come to mind: how about "mindblowing", "awesome" , and "jawdropping"?

Ivan Guerrero, formerly of McCann Erickson Philippines (and a friend from the University of Asia and the Pacific), the mindblowingly, awesome guy with jawdropping editing skills (and a cavernous movie archive, it seems) also has a behind-the-scenes, annotated version:



Darn good job, Ivan!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Family comes first

My 6-year old daughter has been taught well to understand that family is more important than anything else -- at least when it comes to choosing priorities, she knows that family activities and concerns come before the more self-centered ones, like computer/internet time or TV-watching time.

Which is all really just a weak way for me to segue to the following family-centred TVCs which struck home.

The first one, for reminding me of the big empty spaces in my own family and in my wife's as well -- huge chasms opened up by the deaths of our fathers, spaces which used to be filled with the sound of their voices, noises, laughter, anecdotes, quirks, foibles, and brilliant things which only daddies could and would do.



And then there's this other commercial that made me
1. scared of even the remotest possibility of going through life without my wife
2. want to give my daughter a big hug later when I get home
3. glad that I was lucky to have had a dad who was in many ways just like the dad in the material.



A tear fell, as they say.

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Both of these commercials were created by Yasmin Ahmad, ECD of Leo Burnett Malaysia, who died of a stroke over the weekend. She was also behind the Tan Hong Ming video we featured a few posts ago.

Yasmin Ahmad, thank you. May you rest in peace.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

How to sell car insurance using a Meerkat

Ever typed something in the URL bar and discovered you were a bit dyslexic in your typing AFTER you clicked "Enter"?

That's apparently pretty common as evidenced in this video for CompareTheMeerkat.com which is just a few misplaced keystrokes away from CompareTheMarket.com, a car insurance comparison site.

It's quite engaging though not connected really to car insurance --- which is fine.

If I'm any indicator of how the rest of the internet population would act, it'd work. I clicked on the insurance site after I did the Meerkat, and I'm not likely to forget the insurance site now. And, worst case scenario , let's say I DID forget the name of the insurance site, I think I'd probably remember the Meerkat one. Any which way, I'd end up where they wanted me to go.

Good job!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lovestruck: Tan Hong Ming

I don't know if you've all seen this ad for Petronas Malaysia already -- but here it is.

It's heartwarming to know that in this world where people still distrust or even hate each other for being different from themselves, kids can still teach their "betters" a thing or two.

Tan Hong Ming is so endearing, no wonder this ad worked out well for Petronas. I don't know however if it helped his lovelife, now that the whole universe basically knows his 'secret'!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gay penguins break up after one turns straight



I kid you not.

1. gay penguins exist
2. gay penguins can have kids and raise a family together
3. gay penguins can turn straight
4. gay penguins can live happy lives alone after

The stuff they put on CNN nowadays....

How to make Office exciting

Microsoft Office 2010, that is.

Not bad as a video and in generating interest --- okay, fine, curiosity in the product.

I'm still skeptical though, since it's bound to be bloated and eat up a lot of space like previous versions (and if you need to produce a super-high quality trailer for a faux-movie to promote your new software.... maybe it needs all the help that it can get?)

And if you ever tried the Mac versions, you've probably been frustrated by the clunky interfaces too. That's why I usually work with Apple's iWork instead. Makes my life simpler and I get through work faster -- unless I need to export to something my Windows-using friends will need.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Wednesday from Hoops and Yoyo

This video is dedicated to all you worker bees in your teeny cubicles this fine Wednesday morning.

: )

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Sassy Vampire Killer

Jeon Ji Hun of "My Sassy Girl", "Windstruck" and "ll Mare" fame is back in "Blood: The Last Vampire", an adaptation of an anime film of the same name from 2001. Say what you will about the silly plot and premise - easily seen in the trailer that all but gives everything away - and low production values of this movie --- we still love her!

Aja!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Human Mirror

I had a twin who died a few days after we were born, so I never really had a chance to live the life of a twin.

This explains my fascination with real-life twins I know -- Angelique and Steph, Kathy and Noreen -- who I have peppered with questions on the life of twins: "Do you communicate telepathically?" "Did you ever take a test for your twin? "So did you ever do a buffet but paid for only one person?" "Can you feel when your twin is happy/sad?"

I'm sure it would have been fun once we got past the "you can't wear the same thing I'm wearing today, bro" arguments.

It would have been a hoot!

Emma Watson on David Letterman

Wow. Emma Watson's all grown up now -- of course, right? They're already on Harry Potter movie #6, after all.

It's nice to see that she actually becomes cuter with age, unlike say Dakota Fanning. Here's hoping that she keeps her wits about her as she does, unlike Lindsay Lohan -- who I heard got charged with stealing, among other things, a formula for a tanning spray manufacturer plus an undisclosed amount of jewelry from a fashion shoot.

It would be a waste if she self-destructed.

--

Thanks to Manny Neps for sharing this one.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Michael Jackson, Tinikling-Style

Here's a video from 2004, pre-dating the Cebu Inmates' Thriller extravaganza by several years.

Here's "They Don't Really Care About Us" -- performed by UC San Diego's Kaibigang Pilipino.

No prisoners were harmed in the making of this video. Several performers suffered bruised shins and egos in practice however. (I don't really know. I'm guessing.)

Thanks to Art Silva for sharing this!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson Beats It

Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 - June 26, 2009

The King of Pop is gone.

Yes, it's been years since he last had a real hit.
Yes, he's never really been the same Michael Jackson who broke into the big-time with the brilliant videos for Thriller and Beat It and so on.
Yes, he was severely damaged by the child molestation charges against him.
Yes, he often seemed more caricature rather than singer.
Yes, he was probably the weirdest superstar of our time, or anyone's time, for that matter.

But he will still be missed. Not because we actually still want to hear more from him in song, but more because "Ben", "Thriller", "The Girl is Mine", "Bad" and many others really don't work if it's someone else singing them. He owned them and, for a while, he owned Pop music.

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However, it's not really totally implausible that he's just hiding out somewhere in the Nevada desert or wherever ala Howard Hughes. Or Elvis.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Britain's got flame, Burger King gets lame

I'm usually one of the first to applaud Burger King's crazy but wildly creative stunts. But this one is a bit too weird for me.

Piers Morgan from Britain's Got Talent 'endorses' FLAME, a new cologne from Burger King in this mock TVC (or is it a real TVC?).

The scent (and I'm getting this from the BK website) "bucks the trend with a hint of flame-grilled beef. What’s more, beyond helping Burger King®’s signature burgers to sizzle, the hint of flame-grilled beef is reputedly also a surprising scent of seduction!"

There's even a real honest-to-goodness scent you can buy, if you were absolutely wanting to smell like a flame-grilled burger.

Even if I played along with the joke, why would anyone want to smell like a burger? Do YOU know anyone who would get the hots for you if you smelled like one?

In the world I come from, smelling like beef is more 'eeeew!' rather than 'ooooooh!".

(That's it: eau de eeeeeeeew! )

It's not funny. It's not even sexy.

I don't get it. Am I missing something or what?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mentos + Carlsberg

We all know what happens when you pop a Mentos into a Coke. What happens when you do it with a Carlsberg?

Japanese Football Team in training: leaked video



Be afraid.

Be VERY afraid.

Adam Lambert Rocks and Rolls All Night with Kiss



Well, not really, all night. But it sure made up for that laughable song number Megan Joy and Michael Sarver had with Steve Martin (what's up with THAT, right? No offence to those of you who like banjo playing. )

The familiar sounds of "Rock and Roll All Night" had my sleeping daughter wake up. She went, "Hey, that's from Guitar Hero!" then she started banging her head and singing along.

You know you're getting old when six year old kids think of rock classics as video game music. On the up side, my daughter's turning into a rock princess, which is good. It kind of balances out her being a Disney Princess ... and Drama Queen. (Oh wait, that's her MOM!)

: )

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Awesome Pirate Battle -- Lego-style



Cool. Kids are going to want these things again! (Heck, I WANT A SET TOO.) I once had a Technic Lego -- but it didn't have circuitry or motors, so it was a bit boring really.

Found on Boing-Boing.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Dog's Best Friend...

is another dog!



Goooooooood booooooooy!

The Worst Bark in the World

Maybe the guy in the previous video owns this dog, yes?

THE WORST LAUGH IN THE WORLD !!!

Is this guy for real?

Anyone who can post a video of themselves with a laugh worse than this ... gets an award.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Happyslip has PAC MAN Fever

Check out this new video by Christine. Even she's gotten the Pac Man fever... not hard to catch if you're a Pinoy or any other nationality for that matter.

It's pretty hard not to catch it if you're a red-blooded human being who's always needed to have someone who can show you that even you can rise up from anonymity and be on top of the world if you work hard enough for it. He shows all of us that it is possible to achieve your dreams.

Pac Man fever is really catching. In this Facebook fanpage for one of Manny Pacquiao's endorsements, for example, there were only 20 plus fans before the fight. Last night we were at 900. As of today (Thursday), we're now at 1400. It's amazing.

The frustrating thing though is that Facebook Insights is so delayed. The data in the charts is still showing me Sunday's figures.

Grrrrr.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Even better than predicted: Pacquiao KO's Hatton in 2

Manny Pacquiao's stock shot up yet another notch today as he disposed of Ricky Hatton earlier than anyone ever predicted. Most of the analysts said he'd do it within 8 rounds. Even his trainer, Freddie Roach, no slouch himself in the predictions department was off as Pacquiao did it in two rounds.

This time, no one will question Pacquiao's real ability as a fighter. No one can say that Hatton was a washed-up, past-his-prime fighter. This was no Oscar de la Hoya whose Golden Age had already passed. This was a Hatton still in-peak form: agile, hungry and deadly.

You could still say that after watching these clips courtesy of some ever-helpful Youtubers :

Full fight


another set:
Part 1


Part 2


Part 3



Hatton met his match. Scratch that. Pacquiao was more than that. Hatton was completely out-matched.

Five predictions:

1. Ricky Hatton will come to the Philippines to shoot a commercial for San Miguel Beer with Manny Pacquiao. (He's a Brit. He loves beer. He seems like a nice guy. So why not, right?)

2. The Brits will want a rematch. Maybe by end of the year. Why not? Their boy never really got a chance to show his skills, never mind that that's because he got thoroughly whipped.Pacquiao will beat him again, after which Hatton will retire.

3. Floyd Mayweather Jr will come out from retirement and challenge Manny. Sounds good to me. Manny will beat Mayweather. Mayweather will retire for good.

4. Pacquiao will retire after he disposes of Mayweather and after he demolishes Hatton again for their rematch. Who is else is left for the Pacman anyway?

5. Pacquiao will run for Congress again. He will lose. He will then enter showbiz as a comedian cum singer. He will be more successful in this second career. He will never try politics again.

I'm sure.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

May 4, 2009: Hitler Hates Pacquiao



(Don't you just love these Hitler memes?)

I'm putting my (imaginary) money on Pacquiao to win on Sunday.

P.S. If you want some Manny Pacquiao wallpapers, we made some for your downloading pleasure. Get them here.

Another P.S. Thanks to Dennis D. for sharing this on Facebook!

Friday, April 24, 2009

'Baby Shaker' iPhone Game Sparks Outrage

I wonder who at Apple allowed this application to make it into the App store in the first place.

Someone without kids? That'd be ignorance... and a lack of thinking.

If the Apple guy/ gal-in-charge, in fact, did have kids... social services ought to swoop in and make sure this isn't how the kids are treated.

Any parent would be justifiably incensed and outraged at this.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Presenting: The Youtube Symphony Orchestra @ Carnegie Hall

Only in the age of Youtube: the first orchestra assembled from all over the world through the power of Youtube. All members auditioned via Youtube and were selected by the Youtube community and some members from the world's most renowned orchestras.

Not that we should still be surprised. Youtube brought Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda to worldwide prominence and attention... why couldn't it have been done for something as relatively simple as selecting an orchestra's players?

What's next?

Auditions for shows seems pretty obvious.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of harnessing the power of the internet for global collaboration.

What about... Invention-sharing, idea-sharing, solution-sharing?

I'm sure there's a "but wait... there's more!" as far as the possibilities are concerned.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Inside The New Facebook Layout

See what happens when Julian Smith (of "25 Things I Hate About Facebook" fame) tries to do some tweaks to the new Facebook layout.

(Saw this guy on Tyra Banks' show today. Hilariously talented guy.)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Automatic Confession Machine

A timely video, it being Holy Week and all.

(Thanks to Mau for sharing.)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Twouble with Twitters

Funny video making fun of Twitter and the now-almost-universal impulse to update the universe about what's going on in your life.

And even if you don't "tweet", if you religiously update your Facebook status... this applies to you too!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Not cool enough to be a Mac"

In this new ad for Windows, we meet Lauren -- a girl on a mission to buy a laptop for below USD 1000. The Microsoft guys tell her if she finds one at that price range, they'll give her the cash for it for free.

Obviously, it's anti-Mac and focuses like a laser on the fact that Macs are quite expensive.

The thing is, from my experience using both Macs and Windows machines, the Mac is really worth the price. I've been using the same Mac iBook G4 for the last FIVE years, and it still works well, still does impressive stuff, and -- get this -- still has a battery life of almost three hours.Other people on Windows machines would have gone therough two laptops in the same timespan. In addition, software for it is cheap too, compared to the stuff Microsoft releases.

So which is really the cheaper --- and COOLER --- machine in the long run?

These are things you only realize when you've actually been on a Mac and have the benefit of a real comparison -- one that goes beyond price and focuses on all the other things that ought be considered when buying a laptop.

(Oh, and I'm not being a snob, alright? I also use a cheap Windows machine -- an Asus eee PC. It's decent enough for internet, chat, and Skype but it kind of chokes on Powerpoint though it does ok with Word and Excel. I love it too.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The World's Cheapest Car is Here: Tata Nano

At USD 2000 (or less than PhP 100,000) you could be driving a Tata Nano... which if this review is to be believed is pretty decent, for a small car.

Not bad for running to the supermarket or commuting to work (assuming it doesn't involve playing dodge-that-speeding-bus on the expressway), don't you think?

Too bad we don't have it over here.

The Ninja Cheerleaders will save you, Mr Sulu




This  may possibly be one of the top 10 worst films of all time.

Here's the clip to save you the trouble of looking for it. It most probably already has all the best scenes in it.



Oh... don't confuse it with this other movie, even if it has the same silly title (YES, switching the words still qualifies as the same title, if you ask me) and plot, i.e.  ninja cheerleaders go on a mission to save the world/their sensei.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The world's shortest escalator



This is in Japan. (That explains a lot, yes?)

Kill Bill 1 and 2... in One Minute



Now you don't have to break out the two DVDs of Kill Bill 1 and 2 just to see all the awesome fight scenes.

Not that you'll see very many fight scenes in this one either. But come on, it's just one minute. What do you expect, right?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Heavy Metal Monk



This is for real.

Father Cesare, Capuchin monk, really is into heavy metal. He's here with his band, Fratello Metallo (Brother Metal).

In case you think he's a one-off curiosity -- he and his band have enough cred to open the Gods of Metal, Italy's biggest heavy metal festival.

Biggest influences: Metallica and Megadeth. (He looks ZZ Top-ish though, doesn't he?)

Wow.

(Thanks Boing-Boing)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

2008's Billboard Top 25 in less than 5 Minutes: United State of Pop



If you, like me, think mashups are mindblowing and positively entertaining (I love how old songs can sound new, and how new songs can immediately sound familiar)-- you'll like this one by DJ Earworm.

What's in it?

Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain - Low
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Alicia Keys - No One
Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major - Lollipop
Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown - No Air
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Usher Featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club
Chris Brown - With You
Chris Brown - Forever
Ray J & Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
T.I. - Whatever You Like
Rihanna - Disturbia
Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
Chris Brown Featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss
Ne-Yo - Closer
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes
Pink - So What
Finger Eleven - Paralyzer

Other DJs I recommend you go googling and downloading from are : A Plus D, Party Ben, Morgan Page, DJ Schmolli, DJ Clive$ter.

A good way to start is by searching for "Bootie Call" --- there are compilations of the best mashups of 2008, 2007, and so on. Hours of listening pleasure and discovery await!

From Dora the Explorer to "Sexy Dora"?

This is a video, supposedly from CNN,, discussing the recent announcement that Dora the Explorer would be revamped to a tween version.

The prospect of a "Sexy Dora" predictably raised an uproar on the Internet -- after all, Dora the Explorer as she is right now is a good role model for kids: smart, spunky, and still a kid -- not rushing to become a teenager, wear makeup, meet guys, etc.

Theories about the tween Dora being "sexy Dora" in the mode of Barbie and obsessed with fashion ala Bratz were of course (come on, right?) unfounded.

Tween Dora will be just a bigger, older Dora -- one more suited to the tween market. No idea what happens to Boots, Backpack and the rest of the gang. I assume Diego will also get the same treatment.

The truth -- and this is really where the concern should be -- is that this is an attempt by Mattel and Viacom to keep their hands in our wallets. "Keep the parents buying Dora toys and accessories hooked until they turn twelve" seems to have been the mandate. And this is the response.

And this was pretty obvious, at least to me, since my child grew up with Dora (and Blue and Diego) --- but of late has been preferring Disney Princesses. And no, we wouldn't want that now would we, right guys from Mattel / Viacom?

In my case, that's five more years of money that could have helped finance Disneyland --- that's now apparently going to the Viacom empire.

(Showed the tween Dora to my daughter and she said "she looks good -- but I like the old Dora better". Will keep y'all posted.)

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By the way, the ladies interviewed in the clip seem a bit off their rockers, don't you think? What kind of moms are these? Tried to find them on the net and they don't seem to exist.

Also, the video appears to have been made by CNN but it feels like a video from The Onion. It doesn't matter though since the ruckus WAS real even if the video might not be.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hotforwords : How Rickrolling was born

If you don't know what rickrolling is, you'll be rickrolled in the first five seconds.

And you'll also find out how rickrolling came to be. Hint: It has to do with ducks. Yep. Ducks.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

How to be a marketing success

... Be a purple cow. Or rather, create a purple cow.

This video answers the problem brought up by the video below.

For anyone who ever wanted to read Seth Godin's The Purple Cow but is too cheap or time-starved to do it, watch this video instead. It's from Seth Godin's talk at the TED conference from 2003.

Well worth your time if you're in advertising or marketing or business.

How marketing and advertising have changed

If you ever wanted to see how marketing has evolved over the last sixty years but only have four minutes, this is a clip you should watch.


The History of the Internet

We nerds need to know these things.

(First in a set of 3 videos that I'm sharing today.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Anthony Bourdain makes tuhog-tuhog & eats pansit



... and he liked them both : )

This episode of No Reservations airs on the Travel Channel Monday, February 16 at 10pm EST.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Dear Deer

This is stupid. In a really, really cute-but-still-what-the-hell kind of way.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Drama with Obama: U2, MLK, Abe Lincoln

U2 really has a sense of drama... which even No-Drama Obama seems to have enjoyed.

Drama number 1:

On the 19th of January, many years ago, Martin Luther King Jr told the world about his dream... a dream of a world where black and white are equal, where color does not matter.

The dream has come true.

On the 20th, Barack Obama, America's first black president will be inaugurated.

But the dream remains elusive for many peoples around the world. Maybe an Obama-led America will cause a shift elsewhere.

Drama number 2:

Abe Lincoln led the United States through the largest crisis it had ever undergone: the Civil War.

Obama takes on the reins of a country in the deepest recession in memory -- and one which affects every other nation on earth as well.

Can he do it? He is not Superman or the Messiah... and we know that. But for all our sakes, we want him to succeed.

Drama number 3:

U2 has always been full of drama -- they've been doing songs like Pride since the early eighties and remain unapologetic about it. (In fact, I first heard about Martin Luther King Jr from them -- from 'Pride" specifically.) So expect more of this stuff from them when their new album "No Line on the Horizon' comes out in March. An Obama-inspired song COULD be in the works, yes?

These days, the drama is actually welcome.



Friday, January 16, 2009

Happyslip's new vid: Facebook Fever

Christine does another wonderful video: this time about the fast-rising number one reason why a whole lot of us use the internet... Facebook --- and those settings you probably forgot / didn't know existed.

Nice.

(Unrelated: wow, she has Google context-based ads running on the bottom of her video, except that I see no connection between the video itself with Alegre Beach Resort, Bohol and Luxury Toys!)


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pinoy in the Skittles Commercial 2009 -- Reflect the Rainbow (Mirror)

Some Pinoys were apparently insulted by this ad for Skittles.

I thought it was funny.

What's your take?

The Evolution Of Dance 2 : Leave well enough alone?

Judson Laipply -- the creator and dancer behind The Evolution of Dance, Youtube's most watched video of all time -- is back with a sequel.

The problem with sequels is, of course, they have to be better than the original.

Watch it and tell me what you think.

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