Books, Books, Books… Never Can Be Replaced by What You Read Online

I am still in the process of perfecting the habit and skill of perusing materials through the monitor of my laptop.

Since the ascendancy of the internet age and the proliferation of available content online, I have slowly, ever so slowly, got accustomed to devouring bits and pieces of information while connected to the net.

So far, I’ve made great strides. I’ve devoted countless hours and consumed nuggets of wisdom, of information, of news, and such reading blogs of all sorts and articles from the mundane and trivial to the deeply philosophic on the internet.

But all these information, which I can, oh so easily acquire cheaply and easily, can never replace my love and passion for books.

I have a rather modest collection, with a good 20 or so books still unfinished (now this is a bad, bad habit to have and one that I intend to eradicate). I always make it a point that I have books inside the car, inside my laptop bag, inside the bathroom (yes, making full use of my “downtime”), and beside the bed. This way, I get to pick up a book and continue reading.

One can never argue against the fact that great men and accomplished individuals have behind them a stack of, a library of books even. Their minds have been taken to places they have never been, have been provoked to debate a thought or idea by someone as fictional as the White Wizard in Middle Earth, have been immersed in a culture, heretofore, unknown, have been prodded to place himself in another man’s shoes and take an altogether alien view of the world.

One acquires bits and pieces that fuse together over time and spill over to eventual expression and execution, creating form from substance which the bound pages supply. One obtains a set of morals or guide posts that govern day-to-day decisions as well as strategic maneuvers for the foreseeable and unforeseeable future. Books are the first step to accomplishments, setting into play the all-important translation of abstraction to application.

A book read, they say, is a trophy. A collection of books, a worthwhile pastime. And to most, amassing a collection that can rival a small library or even a big public one is a show of one’s erudtion and a proven testament to the great book lover’s legacy to the world.


Flawed Promo Mechanics Prevents the Baby with the Cutest Photo from Winning the Contest

Today was grocery day. And the supermarket we go to for our bi-weekly replenishment was having a promo, offering up to P1 Million in cash prizes.

The promo is your usual “get a raffle ticket for every P XX.XX of purchase” (in this case, purchase of any of the participating Baby Brands’ products like disposable diapers, infant formula, baby products, etc.). The raffle ticket is your usual raffle ticket with the following to fill up:

NAME : (Write your Full Name)

ADDRESS : (Write your Complete Home Address)

AGE : (Write your Age)

CONTACT NO. : (Write your Mobile Phone or Landline #)

CHOSEN BABY PARTNER : (Write the Name of the Baby With the Cutest Picture Submitted for the Contest)

SIGNATURE : (Affix your Signature)

The lucky shopper receives a P50,000 prize on draw dates, and the Chosen Baby Partner, whose name is written on the raffle ticket of the drawn winner, also gets P50,000.

Can you spot the promo design flaw? Continue reading

Not Exactly Overheard… Another Telco to offer their own Telco Cash

Just got word from a reliable source that a local Telco provider is working hard to come up with their own version of Telco Cash. Seems like the Telcos are hell bent on taking a big slice out of the remittance market and Person-to-Person (P2P) payments from the banks.

By process of elimination, you may know which Telco this is.

Cash, Money… what else? Currency? Coins? Moolah?

I wonder how they will call this new service?

The BallEx SIM League

Our lifestyle, as we know it today, is increasingly becoming more virtual… virtual money (GCash, Smart Money), virtual selves (Second Life), virtual extensions of our characters (RAN Online), virtual experts on any topic (thru Blogging services like WordPress and, etc.

In our search to quench our appetite for anything NBA (the NBA Summer League in BTV is just not enough to quench that appetite) while waiting for the 2007-2008 NBA Season this November, my friends and I decided to set up a virtual NBA League. Apart from this very reason of satiating our unsatisfied desire for anything basketball, we wanted to experience how it is to run / manage and to coach (as well as scout opposing teams’ players) our own NBA Team. What better way to do this than establishing your own NBA League.

Yep, through the use of a meticulously programmed application called Fast Break Basketball (FBB), one can simulate the the realities of operating an NBA organization. Roster files are updated. Game settings are almost realistic — think of incorporating player fatigue and player potential into the equation. Full control of how a team plays defense and offense. Full control of how to rotate your players.

So, if you are a certified junkie for the game of basketball and are a no non-sense lover of the game, we invite you to join the BallEx SIM League (you can view the Team Rosters from this link to aid you in choosing your favored team to manage). It is still in beta test mode, so pardon the bare presentation of the home page. Interested users can sign up in the BallEx SIM League Forum.

A waste of precious time, maybe. But for us basketball addicts, it is one healthy diversion.

Posting from Facebook

I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that I have been experimenting with Facebook. I, in fact, am about to write about and share what I have found and experienced so far with this social utility tool (or should I say platform?).

Anyway, if you happen to be the type of WordPress user who just glosses over the Dashboard area, then you wouldn’t have noticed this bit of news from WordPress.

Yup! They’ve created a WordPress application for Facebook. This application lets a Facebook user with a WordPress blog post from Facebook and have it appear on his/her WordPress site, and vice versa.

If you have scores upon scores or hundreds upon hundreds of friends in Facebook, now is the time to take advantage of that vaunted network effect to kick off. Each friend gets updated as you create new blog entries.

Bad thing is… I couldn’t create links! Anyway, I am sure the people at WordPress will be doing something about this soon as this app is recently offered.

Okay now… About to push the PUBLISH button…


UPDATE (07.19.07, 12:32 am Manila Time):  It worked!  I am now posting this update from my WordPress console.

Earn Money by Blogging? Ridiculous?

I’ve been doing the rounds for some time now, telling my friends and some acquaintances that you can, indeed, earn money by just blogging.

I’ve gotten quite a number of incredulous expressions. I’ve also gotten some nods of approval.

The featured blog in the article I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER is a top blog site running on WordPress.  You can always see it on the list when you log in to your WordPress Dashboard.  This site was just started January of 2007!  You can see the site’s performance statistics in the link to the article below.  Now that I am writing about this blog site, I am potentially sending more traffic to the blogger’s site (hope I can get that commission as a referror… and that’s possible!).  I wonder if the cat gets some form of reward for this?  I bet tons of cheeseburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner….

The proof of the pudding is in the tasting (did I get that right?).  Check out this article from BusinessWeek.

Weehoo! From a mere obsession or a hobby to a genuine source of income.

Talk About Niche! A New Site for the “Southerners”!

I love it when I get directed to a new blog site that has so much to offer despite its narrow niche play.  My buddy Gary, who operates the Sites (the links to which you can see in my Blogroll to the right), told me about Southbound.

It’s a “blogazine” (a term they so aptly coined, I suppose) that talks about anything and everything about the South.  South, in this relative case, would mean the locale south of Manila, Makati included (correct me if I am wrong, Guys of Southbound, since you categorized Makati as “Sana nasa South” :)).  You can view it as your localized “Lonely Planet” guide.  Or, moreso, your “Lonely South of Manila” guide.

It’s a great resource site for those of you who are unfamiliar with the deep south (not the “deep south” that Adam Sandler was referring to in “Little Nicky”, of course).  If you are the type who goes for the hole-in-the-window restaurant variant or the not-so-famous-but-offers-great-food restos, then you this is the site for you to do your research before heading out past the toll gates of South Super Hi-way (I am gonna go try out Vibang’s one of these days….).

Keep it up, Guys!  Your site is a perfect example of “finding a place” in the scheme of things, and executing well!  May the aspiring bloggers and entreps out there who wish to make a living on the side (or better yet, full time) learn a thing or two from your worthwhile endeavor.