Boys vs. Girls

Sa panonood ng commercial ng Globe sa TV, they’re having this boys vs. girls trivia thing, showing their new ‘feature’ with Yahoo!.

First point sa boys, “Guys, did you know that boys have higher IQs than girls?” *cheering*

Tapos sagot ng girls, “Pero research says girls’ brains are bigger!” (tawanan na naman sila)

Pero it doesn’t make sense right? Specially if the topic is about ‘brains’. Ever realized what that translates to? Women have less useful brains! (sure, this is up for debate, but isn’t that what it means?)I mean a larger area is meant for, well, nothing! kumbaga, mas siksik ang utak ng guys. mas concentrated diba? ang sa babae, mas malaki nga pero mas hindi nagagamit.

wala lang. napansin ko lang…

pero nakikitawa pa din ang madaming tao and they think it’s actually funny.

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LPY2: ‘heroes’

bakit ba andaming nahuhumaling sa Heroes? siguro kasalanan ko rin naman kasi i watched a mid-season episode. it was all so confusing. and from what i got sa episode na yun, it’s like everyone’s connected to someone in some weird way. like everyone’s not independent, everyone’s related… and i just don’t get that. siguro mas gusto ko pa yung tipong circular relationship instead of that…

anyway, di naman yung series talaga ang pag-uusapan. pagkain siya talaga, actually… food for our national heroes!

cooking for heroesLasang Pinoy Year 2’s theme: pagkain na ihahain mo sa isang pambansang bayani. it’s more of the ‘anything goes’ trip — no specific recipe, ingredient or theme. just your idea of what to serve your national hero.

sa pagmumuni-muni ko, lalong lumalala yata ang problema ko. dalawa kasi ang kailangan gawin: 1.) sino’ng bayani ang aalayan mo ng pagkain; at 2.) ano’ng ihahain mo sa bayaning ito. which entails a good portion of research before you could actually write something that would sensibly be attractive to the hero in mind. of course, pwede rin naman based on first impressions kaya ka magluluto ng ganitong putahe. mas madali nga yun diba? pero parang ayaw ko ng ganun… i think it would defeat the purpose of Lasang PINOY. may dahilan bakit ginagawa ‘to eh… not just a showcase of pinoy talent and food, but to show-off who/what the pinoy is.

pero ako mismo natatawa sa ideya kong to… hindi siya pagkain as in uulamin. although ginagawa ko’ng ulam ‘to dati nung maliit ako. my ‘recipe’ for this round’s Lasang Pinoy: ADOBONG MANI!

adobong peanuts

ang ideya ko sa LP eh para matulungan ang ating mapagpalayang mandirigma (rough translation ng Freedom Fighter hehe) sa pag-iisip at pagpa-plano ng kanilang mga taktika laban sa mga mananakop.

hindi ba’t niloko tayo (oo, niloko tayo!) ng mga magulang natin na para tumalino eh kailangang kumain ng mani? it’s brain food daw. kasama na dun yung paglalagay ng dictionary or libro sa ilalim ng unan pag matutulog. ang nakuha ko lang sa mga payong ito ay stiff neck at fiber overdose. antagal ko tuloy mag-CR!!!

madali lang, actually, maghanda ng adobong mani. you’ll just need lots of oil, salt, MSG, garlic, and syempre yung mani mismo. (BIG grin) heeheehee… fry the garlic first then i-ahon mo pag medyo malutong na. isunod mo ang mani at pag luto na, hanguin at budburan ng asin at vetsin saka ihalo ang bawang. that simple! sili is optional.

i used to buy bucketloads of adobong mani from our friendly neighborhood store. masarap talaga ang mani nila dun… heehee… at kung sa mga panahong iyon buhay pa si Antonio Luna, malamang natikman niya ang masarap at maalat na mani ng kapitbahay namen. paano at bakit? dahil na-destino si General Antonio Luna sa aming mumunting balen.

sabi dito

antonio lunaGeneral Antonio Luna fortified the battle lines of Bagbag and Santo Tomas, Pampanga, established arsenals and encouraged material and financial support from civilians.

On May 4, 1899, General Luna was wounded in an encounter with the Americans at the fortlines of Santo Tomas, Pampanga. While recuperating from his wounds, he dispatched a patrol to Benguet hoping to find a site for guerilla activities against the Americans. General Antonio Luna’s tragic death came unexpectedly on June 17, 1899.

o, antaray diba? may national hero pala na nakatuntong sa aming mumunting bayan ng Sto. Tomas, Pampanga! with him in our town, plotting and making decisions how to hold his troops, maybe the peanuts will help. siguro sa pantawid ng gutom, kung hindi man talagang epektibo sa pagpapatalino. i can imagine him hunched over a table with some of his sergeants planning their next offensive. pens and rulers and compasses are scattered all over the table. then Antonio Luna reaches for adobong mani on the side… then he brushes the salt and MSG off his beard. LOL

or pwede rin ala-commercial. yung tipong nagkakaputukan na at lahat and then makikita mo na may ipinapasang lalagyan sa mga kasama mo sa bunker! umaasa ka na mabibigyan ka ng grasyang bala para sa baril mo para iputok sa mga kalaban. pero ang ending, matatanggap mo ang lalagyan at ang natitira ay 3 butil ng adobong mani. bad trip!

or probably in one of their victorious battles against the americans, they celebrate with lambanog, and adobong mani as pulutan. kung sinuswerte, may chicharon din! 😀

whenever we hear of the revolution, we see war. pero when you think about the food during the war, baka nga mapa-isip ka din kung ano ba ang pwede at hindi pwede sa giyera. just as this idea popped into my head — that adobong mani might pretty well have had its role in Philippine history. at hindi man ito recipe as in recipe talaga, in the same way as this is not ulam “ulam” talaga. adobong mani is still truly pinoy. and in my opinion, worthy to be offered to our national heroes.

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this LP round is generously hosted by firewaterhusband.

geeks and nerds rule!!!

The original author, I can’t seem to find… para sa matumal na lunes, isang masayang reminder para sa lahat ng geeks and nerds na nasa pilipinas…

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In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smoothbinary smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys.

1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? Wonder what HIS intentions are… plus, I’ve never had a geek guy not call me when he said he would. Score major points THERE.

2.) They’re useful. In this tech-savvy world, it’s great to have a bf who can make your laptop, desktop, and just about anything else that plugs into a wall behave itself.

3.) They’re more romantic than they’re given credit for. Ok true, their idea of romance might be to make up a spiffy web-page with all the reasons why they love you, with links to pics of you and sonnets and such… but hey. It lasts longer than flowers, plus you can show your friends.

4.) Due to their neglected status, there are plenty to choose from. You like ‘em tall and slender? There are plenty of geeks/nerds who are. You like ‘em smaller with more meat on their bones? Got that too. (looks like they got me covered. hehehe… sama pala talaga ako dito!:))

5.) They’ve got brains. Come on now, how can intelligence be a bad thing?

6.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birthdates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. Due again to their neglected status, they’re more attentive than guys who “have more options”. Plus, with all that down time without a steady girlfriend, they’ll likely have mental lists of all the things they’d love to do once they GOT a girlfriend.

hot chick luv geeks 7.) Sex. Yep. Sex. I’m not really familiar with this myself, but I’ve friends who’ve been intimate with geek guys and it’s raves all around. They say a virgin wrote the Kama Sutra… all that time thinking about sex, imagining sex, dreaming about sex, (they are male after all) coupled with a desire to make you happy? Use your imagination.

8.) They’re relatively low-maintenance. Most can be fueled on pizza, Twinkies and Mt Dew. No complicated dinners needed here, so if you’re not the best cook, eh. Can you order a pizza?

9.) Most frequent bars as often as slugs frequent salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek guy getting his “groove” on with club hotties because, frankly, he’ll be too busy rooting around under his computer wondering where that spare cable went. You won’t have to worry about him flirting with other women because, 9 out of 10 times, he’ll zip right by them in a perfect b-line towards the nearest electronics store. I’ve seen this happen.
Me: “Eww. Victoria Secret’s Models… They’re so skinny. How is that feminine? You can see her ribs!”
Geek Guy: “ooooooo…”
Me: “Hey!” *notices he is staring lustfully towards the computer store*
Geek Guy: “What?”
Me: “Never mind…”

10.) Although he may not want to go to every outing with you, you can arrange swaps, as in, you’ll go to his Gamer Con dressed as an elf princess if he’ll take you to the ballet. Plus, if he doesn’t want to go someplace with you, you won’t have to worry much about what he’s up to. You’ll probably come home to find him asleep on his keyboard in a sea of Mt. Dew cans with code blinking from the screen. It’s ok. He’s used to this. Just toss a blanket over him and turn out the light.

11.) His friends aren’t jerks. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll more likely get “Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!” than “Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on…” They’re awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code… a geek can dream).

12.) They’re rarely if ever possessive. They trust you, so you can be yourself around them. You like to walk around the house in a ratty t-shirt for comfort? He won’t care. He does too! They won’t get pissy if you don’t wear make-up or don’t want to bother primping your hair. If you gain a few pounds, they won’t try their best to make you feel like crap.

13.) They’re usually very well educated. Physics majors and the like. See #5. You won’t have to listen to him blathering on about his car (ok maybe a little), he’ll have loads of other interesting things to talk about. Politics, world events, how much the chicken burgers down at the local place rock, so long as you douse them in hot sauce…

14.) You’ll almost never have to hear, “Yaw dawg whazzap!!” plop out of their mouths. Unless it’s in jest. They spell properly, use correct punctuation, and are able to tell the difference between the toilet and the floor. They almost never get “wasted”, so you won’t have to worry about coming home to find him and his friends passed out on the floor amidst a pile of beer bottles. Mt. Dew cans, perhaps…

15.) And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.

now if that hot momma really loves geeks, i’m claiming geekdom right here and now!

morning offering

this has been one of the most stressful years of my life. mukhang gusto ko ng maniwala sa feng shui na “hindi ganoon kaganda” ang taon na ‘to sa mga pinanganak sa year of the pig. pero somehow, may mga bagay na nakakapagtanggal ng stress minsan… pero ang magandang kombinasyon, yung pinapatawa ka na, may natututunan ka pa. 🙂

this morning, reminded of my religious beliefs by opening today’s emails (and spam). now i want to re-subscribe to Kerygma, that Catholic magazine by Bo Sanchez (otherwise known as the Preacher in Blue Jeans). syempre, isang gastusin na naman iyon pero gusto ko din lang naman ma-rekindle ang aking relasyon sa Diyos. it’s sad minsan kasi na isipin na tuwing ayos tayo, wala tayong iniisip kundi sarili naten. kapag namomroblema na tayo, di natin alam kaninong kamag-anak lalapit and then our last resort (most of the time) is to pray to God. either to blame Him or ask from Him whatever you wish. nagiging wishing genie na lang siya kung minsan… a sad thought.

nevertheless, others find true joy in Him. and realize the lessons that God wishes for us to see. many would disagree pero i’m pretty certain of MY beliefs. if you have something else in mind, blog about it. don’t debate here, capische?

finally, just to share my stress relief morning offering for today: Fr. Eric Santos (no, he didn’t sing on “Star in A Million”)

ano’ng paki mo?

big hairgusto ko sanang magpahaba ng aking buhok. gusto ko ma-experience ang hangin na nilalaro ang buhok ko tuwing nakasakay ako sa jeep at nilalatigo ang katabi ko at sinasagap lahat ng alikabok at usok galing sa kasabay na sasakyan… gusto ko gayahin ang mga nasa commercials na pa-flip-flip lang ng buhok para makakuha ng atensiyon ng tao. gusto kong maging kagaya ni Ruffa na nakasalalay sa tibay (strength. wahahaha) ng buhok ang pagiging successful at fulfilled mother.

subalit ngunit datapwat may isang maliit na hadlang: kulot ako.

lahat ng pangarap ko, “down the drain” ika nga. idagdag mo pa yung pangungulit sa bahay ng “ang haba na ng buhok mo, mukha ka ng gusgusin. pagupit ka nga!”

“hindi maganda yang mahaba ang buhok, nag-o-opisina ka pa naman”

“magmumukha ka lang naka-Afro wig pag pinahaba mo yan eh. huwag ka na magtiyaga diyan”

oh so very encouraging statements. pinapalakas nila lalo ang drive ko magpahaba ng buhok! pft!

it’s a conformity thing. it’s being “normal”. it’s being stepped upon. it’s being held against your will. it’s being tied down. it’s repression.

hay naku, lalo lang kumulot buhok ko kaka-isip at kunsumi. may naiisip na akong solusyon… para makalaya(?)

nagsimula sa dyimeyl

courtesy of mama melle, nagkaroon na din ako ng gmail account.

ang tanong ko ngayon, saan ko naman gagamitin tong gmail account ko? yung porn downloads/subscriptions ko sa yahoo na. yung business sa work email na. personal nasa school email na din. blog naman kaya? eh sino-sino ba friends ko dito? haaay… i hate to admit it pero mukhang kahit sa cyberworld eh anti-social pa din ang dating ko…

hindi naman dating ganito eh. lalo na sa chatrooms, i get to attract alot of attention with my nick. huwag niyo na itanong at baka makilala ako’t may maningil ng utang. the point is madami ako nakikilala sa net noon. kasi nga may handicap ako sa socializing and making friends. di din naman ako yung tipong nilalapitan o lumalapit para makipagkilala.

enjoy ako sa forums and chatrooms. i enjoy the anonymity. masarap makapag-share ng nilalaman ng utak mo ng di jina-judge sa appearance, background, talas ng ingles, or abilidad mong bumili ng isang galon ng starbucks coffee pagkatapos makipagtunggaan ng isang keg ng super dry. (tsk, parang gusto ko nung last na yun ah? *drool*)

sana lang hindi masayang ang gmail account na ‘to. anyone willing to make friends? leave a message, will email… 🙂

resistor color codes and mnemonics

lots of geeky stuff happen during lunch breaks here at the office. at ang nakaka[takot]-aliw, ay nage-gets ko ang humor!

if you see on my website/links area, i have www.phdcomics.com on it… and naaaliw talaga ako sa comic strip na to by Jorge Cham. geeky humor about the lives of grad students surviving grad school life. much like Dilbert in his own series of comic strips about the office or work.

anyway, sir james just printed his exam test questions for physics students. na-sight ko lang ng konti yung bridge circuit which is basically about resistors and  Kirchoff’s laws. binulungan ko si mama liz about it and dun lumabas ang mnemonic ng color code ng resistors:

color codesBad – Black

Boys – Brown

Raped – Red

Only – Orange

Young – Yellow

Girls – Green

But – Blue

Violeta – Violet

Gave – Grey

Willingly – White

for Silver and Gold

just put a number from 0 to 9 mula Black until White then yung Silver and Gold eh 10% and 5% tolerance respectively…

if you want to find out the resistance of a resitor, read the color bands as such:

resistor

pero madami pang mnemonics available for resistor color bands. check wikipedia for yourself para madalian ka pagdating ng exam… this is the funniest, if not the most memorable. baka may mga sensitive diyan pero, sabi nga nila, it’s not meant to degrade or anything. as long as a mnemonic works, it serves its purpose. it doesn’t have to be politically correct. there is no standard. ang kailanga, it should work.

color codesi don’t know if matutuwa ako dahil marunong akong magbasa ng color codes sa resistors. samantalang nung kinkuha ko ang EEE1 nung undergrad, isinumpa ko ang lahat resistor, capacitor, LED at oscilloscopes sa mundo.

i’m sure alot of EEE people (ECE, CoE, EE) are laughing at this post. kasi sobrang dali lang sa kanila ‘to. foundation ito ng mga pinag-aaralan nila. may HS kaya (hindi science HS) na mangangailangan nitong info na to? may nagttrabaho ba sa opisina na bubuksan ang TV at masasabing, “ah! kailangan ko palang bumili ng 45 kilo-ohm resistor para umandar ulit TV ko!”

mag iisip ako ng kakaiba pang mnemonic. mas effective at madaling tandaan… Bilis Brad! Repapips, Olats Yota. Go Back to Vietnam Guys, Will you? (ampanget) or Bang! Boom! Ratatatatat! Ooooohhhh… Yeow! Gah! Blag! Vwishsing! Grrrr… Weee!!! (even more pathetic)

balik na sa trabaho..