Sunday, November 28, 2010

From the Shelf: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" by Agatha Christie

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"By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
by Agatha Christie

The cover of "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" by Agatha Christie

Date and time finished reading!!!!:
11-28-10; 1:11 AM (UTC +8.00)

-Borrowed from the SU Library again..something to read while on a some-kind-one-week vacation because of the Intramurals again..

I knew this Christie author already like four years ago. Back then I do not actually know that she is one great author and I resent the fact that I have not known. Anyway, the main reason I searched for her books is so to have more ideas of how mystery story writers write. Just like Perry, Christie uses (I think) a Victorian setting (or probably later than that).

What I really like in this book is that it had a good twist and by good twist, I meant of a twist that I thought and is somewhat similar to my assumption of  possible twist. What I don't like? Not really, just the fact that I read this book first instead of reading the earlier books of Christie. That should have given me a better perception of the characters.

BTW, the picture above is not the same picture on the cover of the book I just borrowed. You bet it was plain black except for the Call #. If that really was the picture or they retained the picture of the book, that alone should have lure a lot of readers. That doll is so freaky I decided this should be what I'd be uploading (among the other editions' covers).

And BTW again, you can borrow this at the SU Library 2/F (haha..ambassador/promoter/advertiser najud kos SU Lib. :DD)

Friday, November 26, 2010


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I really had a bad day. Thank God, it did not really hunt me 'til this night.
Just last morning I was so excited to go to the university. It's the start of the Intramural Games 2010 in our university. But that does not really mean that I woke up so early or earlier than my usual wake up time when there are no classes.
Anyway, I was so excited that I went to the university a day prior to the official start of the intramurals. Of course I did not go there by chance. I had to check the schedule of the games, especially on the Lawn Tennis Women. And no, I have no thing for the players; I've no idea who they were. I registered myself to be part of the Food Committee and yeah nakasulod ko, with high hopes it would be of less burden than watching 5 games per day. If you are enrolled in the SU College of Engineering and Design and if you are not, by any means, part of the Intramural Games, then you are assigned to watch 5 games [participated of course, by the engineering people] for a day -- that is, 25 games all in all for 5 days. To be exempted from the five-games-per-day burden, you either have to be an ESG [Engineering Student Gov't] officer, an athlete, a member of the Patrol or Food Committees or you have a medical certificate that you have been admitted to the hospital for a certain illness. Of the four reasons, I only have one chance and that is to be part of the Food Com. And so I became part of it and have been assigned in the event of Lawn Tennis (Women).
That’s the reason why I came to the gym to check the schedule. Unfortunately, I saw no schedule, no time, no dates, no venue, and alas no teacher to ask for about those stuffs. The only things I found were the diagrams of the order of the games. I forgot what it should be named. I just knew it because I learned how to make one in high school. The diagrams were of double elimination. Because that is the only somewhat useful piece of information that I found and so that my journey would not turn fruitless, I copied it. I was quite confused that the Game 1 is SBE vs. CED but Game 3 is that of NRSG vs. COE. Ooh that was pretty puzzling. I know for sure that SBE is School of Basic Education, the “high schoolers” and NRSG means Nursing when in fact it should have been SUCN (SU College of Nursing) so as to make it parallel. What bewildered me are their opponents – CED and COE. Okay, so CED is probably College of EDucation or College of Engineering and Design but COE could also be College of Education or College of Engineering as most people forget the “and design” thing.
So as to be sure, I kind of went early. By early, I meant it to be earlier than the typical start of the first game. I went there like 8:20 AM-ish [redundant much? Haha] because the Opening Program is at 8 am. My question was finally answered. The first game of our college is the Lawn Tennis (W) at 9 am which is much to my disappointment. And more to my disappointment, my co-members of the Lawn Tennis (W) Food Com were not present so as the Patrol Com. If they are present; I swear I have not seen them. Worse, the food that we(?) are about to bring to the players are still not there. The drinks arrived at about 9am and the food? No news about it. So I waited [I have to] for another couple of minutes which still bore no fruit. Finally, they had decided to give us the drinks [and drinks alone] and luckily my friends were there to help me. But, that was like 9:30 AM which in my opinion is like the end of the game. I have no idea with lawn tennis things.
Unluckily, the court where we headed and we thought the venue is, is not the court where the game is supposed to be held. It is in another court, a place which is very far from where I am at that time. Because I am dumb enough I decided to go there and my friends [who are also Food Com members] had to leave me because they’re needed. I really thought that it was near. Well, it actually with the fact that I knew a short cut. I arrived there just to discover that I had another fruitless labor. The folks in there told me that no game had ever started on that venue. I just sighed, “WOW! I brought all these 5 Gatorades in my bag heavy they may be and yet still have to end in a meaningless walk.”
I informed one of the Food Com Chairs about what happened and so all I have to do is go back in my college again and return the drinks. And so I did walk the same path again. It’s just a good thing that my mom who has some business to do in the city, passed by me to fetch me. Just in time to save the day. I hope this won’t happen again. I’ll try to be back tomorrow with hopes that I will not have a meaningless journey. That was totally fruitless, or should I say, foodless (because the Food Com just received from the officers drinks and no food a all!) although I think there is no such word.
NOTE: At home and from my mom did I only realize that distance between the two venues I ventured is like a kilometer. That would make 2 kilometers for having me to journey the way back. Wow! I think I lost a pound or so when fact I shouldn’t have.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

From the Shelf: "A Dangerous Mourning" by Anne Perry

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"A Dangerous Mourning"
by Anne Perry

The cover of "A Dangerous Mourning" by Anne Perry

Date and time finished reading!!!!:
11-25-10; 11:11 AM (UTC +8.00)

-Borrowed from the SU Library..something to read while on a some-kind-one-week vacation because of the Intramurals..

I was so confident in borrowing this and did not expect that I won't be able to finish it in few hours..I did not read it (due to some school assignments, exams and whatnot) not until it was like a day before the date it was due to be returned. Obviously I have to return it to avoid paying fee (if there is) and of course, I borrowed it again..haha..I have to; I have just been halfway the book.

One good thing I got after reading is the feeling of some kind of triumph. Yeah, I somehow got a hunch of the mystery or probably I just did because the author gave hints. Anyway, the only thing I did not like about this book is that there is some evil in the plot. Something happened which should not happen.

And of course, I could not spoil much in case you have the time to go to the univ. lib and enough strength to climb to the second floor. :D

Thursday, November 11, 2010

You made my day like B-A-D

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Bad day. That's it.

It (probably) all started yesternight. Last night, I was having a headache but I still logged on to this laptop for browsing reasons. Because I am about to enter to a new class (which actually started already), I asked my friends about the assignment so that I may be able to catch up. I was so eager for that assignment that I kind of forgot my headache and instead of drinking a medicine to treat it, I rushed to the laptop and began my research.

Bad thing is the internet connection was so slowpoke. Worse is I did not understand those stuffs I just found. Those things probably led me to remember my headache or probably it led my system to remember that my head is aching. I then turned off the laptop, went to my room and tried to reflect. I decided to try to reflect and to ask God's help because at that time, I felt really weak. I could not think of what to do [especially that I've been faced to a lot of problems].  After taking medicine and a nap, I felt relieved.

..and finally the real purpose of this post...

The bad night I had yesterday was continued today (or probably a while ago). It was when I went to the P.E. department of our university so that I can be accommodated with the P.E. and so that I can be excused of the P.E. I had. Of course I brought my medical certificate which is filled completely except for the signature of my instructor. Sadly, he wasn't there. However, I still decided to go to the house of the "dean" (that is what the girl in the PE office said) to accompany a friend of mine. She wants to transfer to another section and that "dean" is the one whom you should go when you are to "drop" and/or accommodate a subject/section.

In the midst of the conversation of the "dean", I asked that "dean" about my condition and the to-do's. She laughed at me (no, that's just idiom) because the reasons/conditions indicated in the med cert are malnutrition and mild scoliosis. Yeah, I am malnourished, undernourished to be specific. But I won't stress that much because it caused me too much stress.

The thing that made my day bad was her reactions. I knew that if she was my instructor (thank God not her) she would certainly not honor the certificate even if it was issued by the university physician. She even said that I could just perform softball (the PE I am enrolled in) because the scoliosis is just mild.

I would like to tell her that very moment that: Ma'am, can we have an agreement that if my scoliosis would develop, you would take responsibility for it.  But of course I did not and that was way too shallow.

But the second reaction of her was like this: Simple ra man ng imong problema. Kaon lang ug daghan. Ganahan na gud ta ko mutubag ug: Kay kung mukaon ko ug daghan karon dayun maam, mutambok diay ko pagka-ugma, ha? It was like she was telling me that this matter is something that can be solved in matter of magic seconds.

But that really did not stir me up. This one did. She checked the portion of the med cert wherein there is a list of activities and the instruction above it says: Pls. check activities which the student may participate in. In the sports section of the activities only the track-and-field had been check by the doctor. That means the blanks in the softball, soccer, basketball and others were not checked. But she just told me that I can perform softball because I could still perform walking, running, jumping, calisthenics and other stuffs checked. She even said that my physician, the University Physician is dumb. "Butol man ni nga doctor", she said. She said I can still do softballing because the instruction just indicated about the activities which the student may participate in. She said, "may ra man so pwede ra na."

In my own opinion she is very wrong about the may thing. The activities that had been checked were ONLY those which I may participate, the rest which are unchecked means of those activities which I am not to participate. Although, the word is may and not  can, it is too broad to say that it is just a matter of might and may.


P.S. I mentioned no names except for "aliases." I just wonder what the reaction might be if the University Physician would know that the "dean" just mocked her. For now, I'm still not sure if would be accommodated to the PE section I wanted. It seemed that there are still other teachers who will mock me. ONE thing: You (yes you, "the dean"), You made my day B-A-D.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From the Shelf: "The Demigod Files" by Rick Riordan

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"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files (Companion Book)"
by Rick Riordan

"The Demigod Files" by Rick Riordan

Date and time finished reading(?):
11-3-10,8:40 PM (Phil time)

-Okay. So I really have no other way to read this book and I think it would take me eons to purchase a copy. Two reasons: one of my favorite bookstores in our place was transferred to a mall and I think this book was with limited copies. That sure suck!

Anyway, the only way I got to read or got to get a grasp of some contents of this stuff is though an audiobook. Yeah, not an ebook. That should mean like listening and not reading should be the most appropriate term. Some of the short stories contained here though could be found in the net and could even be read in the blog of this very author.

Still, I'd prefer ebooks than audiobooks such that I prefer a real and my own copy of the book than just an ebook.

DIFFERENCES: Halloween, All Saints' Day & All Souls's Day

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When I was still starting this blog, I had in my mind to put a regular post about differences and/or arguments about stuffs commonly misunderstood, misconceptions to say. I just realized that this maybe the time to start it though I think it won't be regular. 

Many of my folks often got confused with the date of Halloween and All Saints' Day. So without further ado, here's my first and official post about DIFFERENCES.

It is an annual holiday observed on October 31.
It is also called Hallowe'en, All Hallows’ Eve, and All Saints’ Eve.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

Therefore, Halloween is on October 31 not November 2.

It is celebrated on November 1.
It is also called Solemnity of All Saints, All Hallows, Hallowmas and often shortened to All Saints.

It is celebrated by parts of Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.

Therefore, November 1 is not Halloween, just All Hallows Day.

It is a commemoration of the faithful departed usually on November 2 and in some places, on several times of the year.

It is also called Feast of All Souls, Defuncts' Day, and Commemoration of the Faithful Departed.

*Just additional information
Devil's Night or Hell Night is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween.

1. Halloween is on October 31 not November 1.
2. November 1 is All Saints' Day and not Halloween.
3. All Souls' Day is on November 2 (though in some places, it is different).

I actually planned to make ambigrams for DIFFERENCES post but with those words [Halloween, All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day], I'm sure you'll agree that it is indeed a very difficult job to do.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

XXIX: The End of the Hassle in a Hustle

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XXIX. That is the Roman Numeral for the number 29. That is also the number which I got for the "Encoding" process [which I accomplished last week] and the same number again for the "Final Checking" process in our enrollment.

XXIX: 29

If  you're a Sillimanian, I doubt if you would really know or understand what on earth I am typing. If we're of the same college, then you must know what were those things.

Those processes above were just some of the so very too much napaka baling samuka [my dialect which kind of means "irritating"] steps for the enrollment in our college. If you are studying at Silliman, whatever the course you are taking, you would not expect for the College of Engineering and Design to be as particular and as hassle as what I am talking.

Too bad, what I just typed were true. Actually, I was just enrolled [like just some 8 hours ago, a week after the real enrollment week]. As what I've said in my earlier posts, I was very busy with some of my medical stuffs that the only day I was able to have time for the enrollment was last Friday, exactly the supposed-to-be-last day of enrollment [Thank God they made an extension].

It was really a hassle in a hustle, a riot, an experience which I don't if I should laugh or be disappointed. There was a stampede [thank you God again for letting me be in no harm]. It was like a market, the kind of market which someone won't find some peace and quiet time.  All those riot stuffs happened for the sake of getting a number. These numbers were supposed to be instruments for a more systematic and orderly enrollment process. Unfortunately it caused a chaos. Just luckily [and sometimes not], a teacher reprimanded us [though I still think shout is the right word] of what a riot we were. And so there was order, somewhat.

I hate to end this post right away without telling the whole story as well as I hate telling the whole story again [it should take me some time again to think of the words to right]. Just that this number 29 is the same number I got for the two different steps. No, it's not really strange. After all, it does not really have a significance. Well, it does, at least for a blog post title.

Anyway, while I was at school i was thinking of what I could post. I was really thinking of an ambigram. This XXIX is the only thing that keeps on appearing on my mind. It even took me a long time to realize that XXIX is in fact a natural ambigram in totem form or in a bilateral form written vertically. That way I didn't have to sketch and think too much. That way I didn't have to put much effort in doing this in the computer. That way I have a title for this post. :D

All Souls' Day

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Almost similar to my previous post about All Saints' Day. Same story. Just posting the pic probably for people like me who are confuse with the date All Souls' Day, whether it was on the first or the second of November. This one, though, is kind of an ambigram. I just don't know what kind/type it is. It's probably like a perceptual shift ambigram that is supposed to read the word in the middle as "Souls'" or "Nov.2 [with the presence of unnecessary 's']". It depends upon your perception.

All Souls' Day

This is all that I kind think to make an ambigram using only simple typefaces [in here I used Baby Kruffy and Anagram typefaces]. I still have to figure out how to develop my ambigrams with the Old English typeface using the computer. Albeit I know how to make ambigrams with the Old English typeface [or whatever it is called], I'm only stuck to sketching them like just in pen and paper not in the computer. Anyway, here's the original one. I used a different font color for the Nov.2 for emphasis.

All Souls' Day [again]

Monday, November 1, 2010

All Saints' Day

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Not the typical post I make. I'm just posting this pic below. Probably, that pic is only for people like me who always get confused with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day when it comes to dates. Now, I think this pic will remind me that All Saints' Day is on November 1 not on the second.

All Saint's Day

 If you would notice I had "ambigram" in one of the labels and you may wonder why I did so. To curious people, NO, it's not an ambigram and to the pros, YES, it's not an ambigram. haha..It's just that I was planning to make an ambigram for this but couldn't think of any.

All Saints' Day (again)

And oh, by the way, that's the original pic. The first pic just had the colors inverted. I don't know which looks better and which is worse so I posted the two anyway. Just a simple graphic art with the use of "1" in letters "L" and "I" to signify Nov.1. BTW, the typeface I used was "Baby Kruffy". You can download the typeface (I think) in the net if you want.
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