“The key to finding ideas is to convince yourself that everyone and everything has a story to tell…. Our instincts as humans, after all, is to assume that most things are not interesting. We flip through the channels on the television and reject ten before we settle on one. We go to a bookstore and look at twenty novels before we pick the one we want. We filter and rank and judge. We have to. There’s just so much out there. But if you want to be a writer, you have to fight that instinct every day. Shampoo doesn’t seem interesting? Well, dammit, it must be, and if it isn’t, I have to believe that it will ultimately lead me to something that is.
“The other trick to finding ideas is figuring out the difference between power and knowledge… When I said that I’m most interested in minor geniuses, that’s what I meant. You don’t start at the top if you want to find the story. You start in the middle, because it’s the people in the middle who do the actual work in the world… People at the top are self-conscious about what they say (and rightfully so) becase they have position and privilege to protect–and self-consciousness is the enemy of ‘interestingness.'”
‘‘Jejetymology’ Jejemon’s etymology was supposed to have started from online users’ penchant to type in “hehehe” as “jejeje”, either because “Jeje” is derived from Spanish, whose speakers denote the interjection as laughter, or because the letters “h” and “j” are beside each other, and that it is appended by “-mon” that came from the Japanese anime Pokémon, with “-mon” meant as “monster,” hence “jeje monsters.”
Jejemon is a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines. Jejemons are defined by Urban Dictionary as those “who has managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility and online lynch squads.”
— DepEd seeks to purge schools of ‘jejemon’ mentality
Malacañang cancelled the order for a P1.2-billion “presidential jet” that would have alleviated worries that riding in a civilian airplane “poses high-security risk that may jeopardize life and limb of the President.” As if that wasn’t exactly what Filipinos wanted Macapagal-Arroyo to do.
Here’s a nice tip to Malacanang, courtesy of Philippine Airlines.
This is a slap in the face of local carriers that have enormously helped local and regional tourism prosper by providing affordable rates so Filipinos could travel to various destinations in the country and Southeast Asia. What does Arroyo think makes her different from the rest of us? Oh yes–a $20,000 feast for a “working visit” to the US. Using tax payers’ money. Maybe Lucio Tan and the Gokongweis should not make any contributions to the campaign funds of Arroyo or her party. Hindi daw safe ang eroplano ninyo.
Source: Jet purchase too ambitious for leader of a poor nation (PDI)
I have just found the best airplane for La Presidentita:
“To begin with, for you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguing obliging manner to create you. It’s an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once. For the next many years (we hope) these tiny particles will uncomplainingly engage in all the billions of deft, cooperative efforts necessary to keep you intact and let you experience the supremely agreeable but generally underappreciated state known as existence.
“Why atoms take this trouble is a bit of a puzzle. Being you is not a gratifying experience at the atomic leve. For all their devoted attention, your atoms don’t actuall care about you–indeed, don’t even know that you are there. They don’t even know that they are there. They are mindless particles, after all, and not even themselves alive…Yet somehow for the period of your existence they will answer to a single overarching impulse: to keep you you.
“The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is fleeting–fleeting indeed. Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when that modest milestone flashes past, or at some other point thereabouts, for reasons unknown your atoms will shut you down, silently disassemble, and go off to beo ther things. And that’s it for you.
“Still, you may rejoice that it happens at all. Generally speaking in the universe it doesn’t, so far as we can tell. This is decidedly odd because the atoms that so liberally and congenially flock together to form living things on Earth are exactly the same atoms that decline to do it elsewhere. Whatever else it may be, at te level of chemistry life is curiously mundane: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen a little calcium, a dash of sulfur, a light dusting of other ordinary elements–nothing you wouldn’t find in any ordinary drugstore–and that’s all you need. The only thing special about the atoms that make you is that they make you. That is of course the miracle of life.”
—Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.