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Phones, Water, and Rice

Yesterday, I had the unfortunate experience of dropping my Xperia Neo L in water (more like it slipping out of my pocket and dropping into my laundry tub). It was shocking and fun at the same time.

I managed to fish it out after about 3 seconds. It was not that soaked; however, everything is wet and the majority of the area of the screen is somewhat darker in color due to the water entering it. I proceeded to dry it all I can with a towel.

Then I did some stupid things:

  1. I turned it on again. I was really amazed that it was not short-circuited or anything, but noticed that the touch screen behaved erratically: it seems like invisible hands are treading on it constantly. But the phone still functions as usual: buttons still work, and it still responds to the headset buttons. I can still play audio, and when I plug in and out the headset, music plays and pauses respectively. (I have my phone configured to do that.)
  2. I tried to manually extract the water out of it by shaking it like a salt shaker. I managed to extract some water out of the phone, but not all. It also left streak marks on the touch screen, easily viewable by tilting it upwards when the phone is on.
  3. As per suggestion, I tried to take it to a local repair station (not the Sony Service Center) for drying. At this point I observed that as the phone dries the touch screen tends to return to normal (btw, before doing #2 the touch screen does not work; afterwards, it did with its erratic behaviour), and since I do not have the tools to open it I was hoping that the local repairman was cooperative enough to do this for me for a small amount. However, he seems not to know what he is talking about (he said about the screen needing total replacing), so there goes my help and an increase in dread that I need to go to the Sony Service Center to have this thing fixed.
  4. I bought some screwdrivers so that I can open this thing on my own. Resolving not to go to the Sony Service Center before doing everything I can, I bought some tools at a total of about ₱300 and tried to open up the phone. I ended losing a screw and frustration for it won’t open.
  5. Goto 1. Repeatedly. Yes, that’s so stupid of me. But then, I resolved that my phone’s not really FUBAR and I just need to let it dry and I can use it again like normal. I was even ecstatic when I saw some moisture forming on the camera eye and the sides of the phone’s screen (not on the display, just the case that covers the screen), even though I could not wipe it off. I deduced that if I kept the phone hot enough (by its CPU heat) it will help in the drying process.

Sometime during the night I had the insight of googling about the problem, and saw that it was common with solutions not necessarily having to go to the Sony Service Center or replacing the screen or buying a new phone (plus I learned about the water damage indicator and that it’s now red, consequently voiding my warranty). And even though I know my phone is not that FUBAR, it gave me additional hope that the screen need not be replaced as the local repairman preached.

That’s where rice comes in.

The topmost result suggests rice to drive moisture out of the phone, with the stern precaution of not turning it on or even trying to. Several sites and various suggestions and tales later, being the Filipino I am, I resolved to buy a half-kilo of rice, crossed my fingers, buried my phone in it, and slept fitfully.

And I also researched about desiccants. Wikipedia tells me that

[a] desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity.

And hygroscopy means

… the ability of a substance to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment.

As a commenter succinctly puts it,

A bag of rice has a super dry, “please feed me moisture”, type of atmosphere.

I also finally learned what silica gel is, and why there are those little bags of “beads” in almost every shoebox. As this website puts it,

Silica gel is a “desiccant,” a substance that sucks up water in its environment. There are several different desiccants out there—clay, for example, which is what’s in a lot of cat litter. But silica gel is hands down one of the best desiccants going.  That’s why it was in your shoebox. It absorbs the moisture that might otherwise ruin your new footwear.

And maybe that’s also the reason why shoeboxes retain their factory smell.

Anyway, after waking up this morning I excavated my phone from its ricey grave and turned it on. And what do you know, the rice worked! The rice managed to extract the moisture on the camera eye and on the sides of the screen, and somewhat diminished the streaks on the touch screen. Best of all, the touch screen is now working as usual. I buried it again and hopefully by tomorrow more moisture would be driven out (after all, the sites recommended burying it for at least 24 hours, not for about a meager 8-10 hours).

Obviously, this had been a shockingly very fun weekend. And what I have learned, dear Princess Celestia?

  1. Keep a level head. As with any emergency situation, some detachment is needed in order to make rational decisions. Panic won’t solve anything and may even worsen the problem and lead to blame passing, which does not solve anything. You’re not stupid for letting that phone meet water; it’s an accident (unless you do it on purpose; in that case you should assume some level of responsibility for that deliberate decision).
  2. Desiccants can save wet phones. Just like the solution for a malware-laden diskette is not throwing it away and buying a new one but an anti-virus (as it is commonly known today), a phone is not necessarily FUBAR the time it decides to swim. Do not let the phone soak, wipe it gently and do not attempt to shake out the water as it can cause further damage, bury it in a desiccant, cross your fingers, and pray to a divine being to save your phone (or just grab a beer and drown your worries away). And check on it after at least 24 hours.
  3. Never turn on wet phones. Or even try to. It’s tempting to do it to check if it still works, but water is a conductor of electricity and it may short out some internal circuitry and worsen the situation. Maybe I’m just lucky enough not to short anything serious, though I think I managed to short the flashlight mechanism because when I insert the battery the LED lights up but turns off as soon as I press the power button and stays that way when I shut down the phone.
  4. Do not go to any service center until you have tried everything. The Internet is a very useful forum; a little searching and literacy helps a lot. You’ll save a lot of money in the process, learn something new, and will help to keep the anxiety level down because nothing shoots it up the roof if the man you are talking about says you need to replace some parts or buy a new phone (let’s give him the benefit of the doubt that he/she is not taking advantage of the situation to rip off your hard-earned money).
  5. Go to the service center if you have tried everything. And do not try to hide the situation; remember the water indicator? It will just give you a very bad reputation, and nothing irks people more than when they see through a bold-faced lie. And when I say a service center, it should be the manufacturer’s accredited service center, not just some ad hoc vendor in the sidewalk claiming he/she can fix everything for you can end up with a brick and exorbitant service charges.
  6. And I forgot to mention, water damage voids a phone’s warranty? Just like dropping it and breaking the screen as a result, water damage is considered user negligence. So there goes the free service charge. That’s why I recommend going to the service center last because it can cost a lot if you just surrender your waterlogged-phone to their technician (the moment they inspect it, their money meters start ticking).

For those of you wondering about the current status of my phone, well it does look somewhat good.

  • Touch is fully responsive now, just like before it decided to go on a swim.
  • The screen still has water streaks; hopefully I can still get it out with rice.
  • As far as I can test, all are still functional. Buttons work; programs work. I haven’t tried to call or SMS anyone yet, as well as connecting to the Internet, GPS or Bluetooth. Maybe I’ll post an update on this, but (as far as this blog history goes) do not depend on it.
  • Maybe the flashlight mechanism is short-circuited; I really don’t know.
  • I lost a screw. Not really life-threatening, but one reason to completely void my warranty.
  • The water damage indicator is red. The main reason that voids my warranty. (Luckily there’s only 2 months left.)
  • I have not tried to charge it yet; will try after the phone completely dries up.

Other things I have garnered from this experience:

  • A new appreciation for rice. I am a Filipino, and rice is the staple of every household. So it tends to be a bit boring, especially if you are exposed to foreign cuisine and love pizza. That experience helped me appreciate rice more, for aside from saving lives it can also save gadgets. Now if it could only eliminate entirely the water marks on my touch screen…
  • Discovering silica gel. Yes, I really don’t know they’re called as such, and I really don’t know what those funky packets they put in most boxes heavily laden with poison marks are and what they’re for. But now I know, and that I should store them for future use instead of discarding them. Just in case.
  • Discovering the need for small screwdrivers. I am a computer scientist so I don’t get to fiddle around with bare hardware often, but I realized the need to have spare tools for cases like this. Anyway, there’s no harm in having them stored in a secure container all the time somewhere, right? (Except maybe for rust, but that can easily be dealt with.)

Hmmnn, it seems like having your phone wet is not really a waste of time, and can be a source of knowledge for future references (and apparently blog entries). This reminds me of this Nichijou episode.

And if you ever get your phone wet, here’s a motivational message for you.

But maybe, the best thing to save your phone from water death is not having it wet in the first place. For starters, you can start by temporarily waterproofing your phone.

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World: EOT

This morning, while eating breakfast, I wondered about the status of the latest phenomenon to grip the world, the end of the Mayan bak’tun 13 that was scheduled to occur on December 21, 2012 in the Gregorian calendar. During this date, it was prophesied that the world would end, wiping out civilization and mankind as we know it.

But the date passed without the book of Revelation fulfilling itself, and today is January 5. People are still reproducing, some restoring the environment while others continue destroying it.

So I proceeded to re-read the Wikipedia article about the issue, and was surprised by two changes.

  1. The article is now written in past tense.
  2. Additional sections were added, primarily describing what people around the world did days before and during December 21, 2012.

I also found a related article, Wikipedia’s “List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events“, which will be the main focus of this blog entry.

Reading through that article, the first thing we notice is that there had been numerous failed predictions for the end of the world in the past, with December 21, 2012 the latest to be added as of writing. Also, there is another list of predictions with dates occurring in the future.

What I’d like to point out, however, is these predictions follow a certain format, a template, depicted as follows.

ATTENTION!

WHO: Everyone
WHAT:
End of the world
WHEN:
<date>
WHERE: Earth
WHY: <reasons>
HOW: <event>
TODO: <choices>
BY: <predictor>
DISCLAIMER: This is not true.

And that the process of coming up with these dates that can be summarized by the following flowchart.

End of the world flowchart

End of the world flowchart

Let’s examine deeper each pattern.

Prediction Template

The template above can be broken down into two components: constants and variables.

The constants are:

  1. WHO. End of the world predictions are almost always targeted to all of humankind, regardless of race, culture, nation, or religious orientation, much like a general announcement or an advertisement, though the scope may change (e.g., the destruction of the Roman empire).
  2. WHAT. The subject does change its wording, but it always pertains to the end of times. As above, the scope may change.
  3. WHERE. Of course, the “where” is always the Earth, in whole (e.g., the 2012 phenomenon) or in part (e.g., the predictions referring to the destruction of Rome), though I presume that if in the future mankind successfully colonized space, the “where” part will become a variable.
  4. DISCLAIMER. The last constant is the disclaimer, for as of writing, there are a total of 197 predictions listed on the page, with 187 of them failing to happen. Simple computation yields a 94.92% failure rate. But then, the computation is actually erroneous, for it assumes that 5.08% of the predictions are successes, and simple logic will dictate that you cannot count those future dates for the simple fact that they still have not passed. Thus, discarding the 10 future predictions, we come up with a 100% failure rate, which is consistent with the empirical fact that Earth, and civilization, is currently undestroyed.

Meanwhile, the variables:

  1. WHEN. This is actually the most entertaining variable, for this is the answer to the core question of when the world would end. As said above, many predicted dates have gone and past, and I sincerely believe that as long as there are people out there with too much free time on their hands, more dates would be cited as “the end of the world”.
  2. WHY. I believe this is the second most interesting variable, and the main reason that predictions don’t happen. I admit that I do not know by heart (or even by rote) all the events listed in the article, so based on what is listed in the tables, we can categorize the usual WHYs into the following:
    • Religious. Usually associated with the second coming. Predictions come from religious works such as the bible, oftentimes with the application of numerology and astrology.
    • Terrestrial. Usually about natural disasters predicting the second coming.
    • Astronomical. Usually about planetary and galactic alignments, and comets.
    • Extraterrestrial. Usually extraterrestrial “ambassadors” relaying alien messages.

    To those who want to know why these WHYs are almost always easily discredited, here are some of the answers.

    • Religious. For the Christians, the Lord explicitly states that no one really knows except the Father when He will come again, since most of the religious predictions concern the second coming of Christ. I really don’t know what to counter for other religions not believing in Christ, or His Father (which is, in a way, sad, for it demonstrates my ignorance of other theistic paradigms).
    • Terrestrial. These events are mostly predictable, and natural. That’s why they’re called “natural disasters”, for they happen naturally, regardless whether humans exist or not.
    • Astronomical. The usual argument here depends on what is being leveraged as to be the “cause” of the tribulation. For a real life example, you can visit NASA’s article about the 2012 phenomenon and read the astronomy-related causes supposed to bring about the destruction of the world last December 21, 2012.
    • Extraterrestrial. So far, there have been no extraterrestrial life forms detected. Though the theory of panspermia attempts to explain how life on Earth came about (apart from others), this theory has not been conclusively proven as time of writing. Thus, these facts alone can discredit people who boast that they had received information on when the world will end. Please do notify me, however, if any of these have been proven THROUGH SCIENCE, not via crop circles and blurry images of lights during a foggy night.

    Of course, I am not saying that these are the only reasons usually posted in the WHY section, but these are the usual ones. Usually, only the wording is modified.

  3. HOW. This variable describes how the apocalypse will take place, which can be through alien invasions, planetary collisions, or through events outlined in the book of Revelation. This variable usually expands the WHY variable through horrendous events, such as very strong earthquakes. This can be said as the third most interesting variable, and is often the source of ideas for entertainment firms such as Hollywood.
  4. TODO. This usually tells people what they should do to survive the apocalypse or, in case of the second coming, how to be saved. Common TODOs include repentance and food stockpiling.
  5. BY. This is the person/s who has/have predicted the destruction. This is a very useful variable in my opinion, for sometimes it helps the public calm down when the person has a history of failed predictions.

Prediction Flowchart

It cannot actually be helped that there is such a thing as a “prediction flowchart”, since all predictions to date have failed (see the DISCLAIMER argument for discussion). The usual process is that when an initial prediction fails to pass, the predictor almost always says that he/she miscalculated/misinterpreted something, then proceeds to publish a revised date with an accompanying explanation of the encountered “anomaly”. A case in point is the predictions of Harold Camping on 2011, which have cast fear upon the Filipino people during that time.

Even the scientifically accepted date of the end of the world, the time when the sun expands to a red giant as it nears the end of its life, is not expressed in exact dates but in estimates. But then, it still can be said that this prediction follows the flowchart, for it may be revised as man gain more knowledge about the interactions of astronomical bodies in space.

Conclusion

As far as end-of-the-world predictions go, we can only conclude the following facts.

  1. No one knows the exact time when the world will end.
  2. Many more predictions will come and go until the world truly ends.

But then, maybe the business of predicting the end of the world is not a waste of time, after all. Just like the entertainment industry, it is somewhat an easy way to be famous, though some do become infamous after their predictions fail. They can also serve as a meter to “measure” public gullibility and ignorance of some basic phenomena, for in most predictions the implications of simple events, which really have no implications at all if experts are to be consulted (e.g., the gravitational effect of galactic and planetary alignments to Earth), are explained through esoteric ways

Consulting again the Wikipedia article, it seems that the world is again due on May 19, 2013 according to Ronald Weinland. Following our template above, here is a summary of what he essentially talks about on his website (as of January 5, 2013).

ATTENTION!

WHO: Everyone
WHAT: 
End of the world
WHEN: 
May 19, 2013
WHERE: Earth
WHY: Second Coming of Christ
HOW: See book of Revelation*.
TODO: Repent and prepare
BY: Ronald Weinland**
DISCLAIMER: This is not true.

*This is an assumption, for his blog entries are really long and I’m not patient enough to read them.
**According to Wikipedia, this is his third prediction.

Let’s see each other again on May 20, 2013.

 

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Conditional Morality

Noong nakaraang Miyerkules (Nob 14, 2012), nagbabasa lamang ako ng kung anu-ano sa aking Facebook feed habang nakikinig kay Parry Gripp nang may lumitaw na nakakaintrigang paskil. Binasa ko ang description na binigay ng orihinal na nagpaskil, at minabuting huwag nang panoorin ang video na tinutukoy niya. Ilang minuto ang lumipas, ngunit hindi pa rin ito mawala sa aking isipan kaya pinanood ko rin, hindi iyong orihinal kundi iyong bersyon na nasa YouTube na ipinamahagi ng pinsan ko. At medyo umangat ang blood pressure ko.

Ito ang nasabing video, na naging viral nang araw na rin iyon (ipinaalam sa akin ng DZMM sa aking Facebook feed).

Sino nga naman ang hindi iinit ang dugo sa unang tingin? Lalo na kapag galit ka sa isang iskandalosang ingliserang mukhang ewan. ‘Yung feeling niya ang ganda ganda niya’t siya ang may-ari ng LRT.

Kaya nakisali rin ako sa uso: ibinahagi ko ang video na nabanggit, at sinundan ang ilang shorts sa Internet patungkol dito. Makikita na nga rin ito sa memegenerator.net. At tuluyang namayagpag ang insidente sa interwebz.

Maraming nanlait (kasama ako), at mayroon ring nakisimpatiya, sa babaeng butangera. Nagkaroon ng sandamakmak na moral debates sa comments section ng iba’t ibang websites na naglakas-loob na icover ang nangyari. Sa aking Facebook feed, ito ang naging kontribusyon ko (maliban sa pagtulong sa pagpapakalat ng video):

May bago na namang victim ng cyberbullying. This time, she deserves it.

(Well, deserved din naman ni Sotto yung nangyari sa kanya. Epal kasi.)

Ito rin ang panahong masarap siyang kantahan nito:

Makalipas ang ilang araw, biglang nagbago ang ihip ng hangin; nagsimulang maglabasan ang mga paskil tulad nito:

So on one corner we’ve got people judging the “liar” girl, and on the other there are people judging the people judging the girl. Let’s all judge each other! Haha

Sa puntong ito, hindi ko na masyadong pinapansin si amalayer, pero noong nabasa ko ang ilang paskil na tulad noon, hindi ko maialis sa akin na mainis sa mga taong sumusuporta kay amalayer. Para bagang kinukunsinti pa nila iyong epal na iskandalosa.

Pero naisip ko bigla ang konsepto ng conditional morality, at naging neutral ang posisyon ko.

Hindi ko na mahanap kung saan ko unang nabasa ang konseptong ito; hindi ko rin sigurado kung ito ba talaga iyong term na ginamit doon. Pero kumbaga parang ganito ang pagkakaintindi ko sa kanya:

May mga kaugaliang nagiging acceptable o hindi depende sa sitwasyon.

Halimbawa nito ay iyon ngang nagyari sa LRT noong nakaraang Miyerkules.

Naalala ko tuloy ang isa pang kanta ni Parry Gripp:

They say at playing the fool
Everyone must take a turn
But when the spotlight lands on you
It burns, oh how it burns
You never learn…

Bale ano ang punto ng paskil na ito? Kung tutuusin, hindi ko rin alam; siguro nga kailangan ko lang ng maipapaskil para sa araw na ito. Pero siguro ito na lang ang masasabi ko sa isyung ito: kalimutan na natin si amalayer; tutal, nasira naman na natin ang kanyang buhay at imahe. Baka nga hindi na niya makuha ang kanyang pangarap na maging DJ. Marami na rin naman nang nangungonsensya sa mga naninira. Tsaka kung tutuusin nagmumukha tayong tanga sa harap ng mundo dahil mga balitang pang-tabloid ang sumisikat sa bansa natin.

Siguro nga, by nature tsismoso’t sandamakmak ang free time ng mga Pilipino, kasi kung tutuusin ay benign pa ito kumpara sa isang palabas sa TV5, kung saan nag-aaway ang mga magkakapitbahay sa harap ng camera. Tapos may lawyer, pari at counselor pa kunwari, at may host pa! Ang taas siguro ng ratings nila’t malaking pera ang nahahakot ng TV5, kasi hanggang ngayon nasa ere pa rin ang napakawalang-kwentang palabas na ito.

Oo, ito ang tinutukoy ko. At ito ang isang episode ng palabas na iyon.

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Suicide

Nakakatamad mabuhay.

Oo, nakakatamad. At nakakasawa. Lalo na kung wala kang trabaho o conceivable purpose sa buhay.

Yung mga tipong nakatambay ka lang at walang magawa. Tapos mainit pa. Yung kinukulit ka ng katawan mong gumawa ng kahit ano, ngunit sa kasawiang palad ay wala ka talagang maisip gawin.

O di naman kaya’y gusto mo ngang gumawa, kaso tinatamad ka naman pag gagawin mo na iyon. Parang iyong dilemma na gusto mong matulog ngunit hindi mo magawa, ngunit pag dinilat mo ang mata mo, ayaw naman niyang sumunod.

Nakakairita. Nakakainis. Nakakabaliw. Tipong gusto mo nang magpakamatay.

Nakakainis talaga iyong pakiramdam na nababagot ka na nga’t gusto mong lumabas, ngunit wala ka namang maayang kasama. Nitong nakaraang mga buwan, madalas ito ang mga dahilan kung bakit wala akong maimbita:

  • Wala kang pera.
  • Wala silang pera.
  • Walang gusto iyong mga kasama mo kundi magpalibre lang.
  • Ayaw nilang lumabas, kasi tinatamad din sila.
  • Hindi talaga sila pwede dahil may mga lakad din sila.
  • Walang kaaya-ayang imbitahin.

Isa sa mga pinakakinaiinisan ko ay iyong mga taong mukhang libre. Iyong tipong pepestehan kang ilibre mo siya kahit na may pambilli naman siya. Iyong mga ipapamukha pa sa iyong maramot ka’t ‘di marunong makisama dahil hindi mo siya binilhan gamit ang iyong sariling pera. Iyong pag nagdala ka ng sarili mong baon ay kailangan mong bigyan siya maski hindi siya humingi. Iyong sa tingin niya’y sa kanya umiinog ang mundo.

Tapos hindi man lang magte-tenkyu, kahit na sa text man lang. Minsan, magrereklamo pa kapag hindi nagustuhan iyong binili mo para sa kanya.

Tapos pagdating mo sa bahay mo (o kung saan ka man nanunuluyan), mainit ang kwarto’t maingay ang mga tao. At hindi pa sila marunong makisama.

Mga tipong pagod ka na nga, iinisin ka pa. At hindi ka maaaring magreklamo kasi mababansagan kang hindi marunong makisama.

Nakakatamad mabuhay. At nakakasawa, kasi madalas paulit-ulit na lang ang nangyayari. Walang pagbabago; parang video na naka-loop ang isang bahagi.

Iyong araw-araw ka na lang pumaparito’t pumaparoon sa destinasyong ilang taon mo na ring kinasasawaan. Tapos maaabutan mo pa roon ang mga dakilang epal. Pagkatapos ng magdamag na pagtitiis, uuwi ka’t matutulog, para lamang muling maulit ang mga ito kinabukasan.

Tapos mapag-iisip-isip mo na parang may kulang sa buhay mo. Magtataka ka ngayon kung bakit ka naririto sa mundo, kung ano ba ang silbi ng buhay. Iyong uri ng mga tanong na mahilig sagutin (nang paulit-ulit) ng (maraming edisyon ng) librong Purpose Driven Life. Masasabi mo bigla sa sarili mo, “Grabe, napaka-monotonic naman ng buhay ko! I-enjoy ko naman kahit papaano ang pera ko!” At susubukan mong punan ng kaligayahan ang sarili mo, gaano man kaikli, sa pamamagitan ng pagbili’t pagkain ng kung ano-ano.

Kaso mapagtatanto mong wala nga pala sa Pilipinas ang mga gusto mong mapasaiyo, o ‘di kaya nama’y hindi kaya ng maliit mong allowance/kinikita. Maiirita ka ngayon at maiinggit sa mga taong nakatira sa ibang bansa (lalo na sa mga tinatawag nilang first-world countries). Masasabi mong bigla na napaka-loser naman ng Pilipinas, at aasaming makaalis, o kahit na makabisita man lang sa mga bansang nais mong mapuntahan.

Pagkalipas ng ilang oras, mapapansin mong gabi na pala’t kailangan mo nang matulog dahil marami pang gawaing nakalaan kinabukasan. At makakatulog ka nga pagkalipas ng ilang minuto, at gigising ka kinabukasan para suunging muli ang traffic at mga dakilang epal, sa saliw ng mga pangyayaring walang pinagbago sa nangyari na kahapon.

Nakakatamad ngang mabuhay. At nakakasawa.

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CRS Batch Run Results

Kalalabas lang ng CRS First Batch Run results. Pagkatapos ng dalawang araw, kahit papaano’y makakapagpahinga na rin kami.

Sa mga nakakuha ng mga gusto nilang mga asignatura sa unang pasada, maligayang bati, mabuhay ka! Kung kuntento ka na riyan sa mga iyan, huwag mo nang galawin yun “rankings“, at baka may ma-misconfigure ka pa’t mawala pa sa iyo ang mga klaseng iya’t masira ang iyong kinaaasam-asam na schedule. Magdiwang ka na lang, at magpadala ng complimentary pizza sa CRS Team.

Sa mga may kulang pa, mabuhay pa rin! Kahit na 3.0 units lang yan, magpakasaya ka, dahil swerte ka pa rin na sa dinami-rami ng mag-aaral na sumali ngayon sa preenlistment ay nakakuha ka pa ng isang 3.0-unit subject. Isipin mo na lang na kahit papaano’y nanalo ka pa sa lotto, kahit na soli-taya lang. (Buti nga, bumalik pa, kaysa naman sa napunta sa bulsa ng PCSO.) Good luck na lang sa susunod na run, at mamiling mabuti dahil pagkatapos noon ay registration period na, at prerog na lang ang paraan upang makakuha ng mga kurso.

Sa mga wala namang nakuha, nararamdaman namin ang inyong hinagpis (at nakikiramay kami nang taos-puso), ngunit sana’y huwag niyo kaming sisihin nang lubos. Una, random ang batch run, kaya kami mismo ay probability lang ang maibibigay at di rin namin talaga masasabi nang lubusan kung masasama ka nga sa klaseng iyong inaasam-asam o hindi. Maaari rin namang ikaw ang problema: pwedeng hindi ka talaga sumali sa preenlistment na naganap, o masyado kang naging pabaya o over-optimistic noong ginagawa mo iyon. Marami-rami naman na rin kaming nailabas na mga dokumento kung saan nakasaad ang mga epekto at mga strategies na maaaring gawin upang mapataas ang tsansang makuha mo ang isang asignatura pagkatapos ng batch run; kasalanan mo na rin kung hindi mo ito binasa’t inintindi.

May susunod pa namang batch run na magaganap: bagong pag-asa sa mga estudyanteng nangangailangan pa ng mga klase, at bagong trabaho rin para sa CRS Team. Basahin lang natin ang mga FAQs na nagkalat para hindi tayo masyadong magugulat kung bakit ganoon na lamang ang naging resulta ng batch run.

At para sa mga taong nangho-hoard ng slots, makonsensya naman kayo. Hindi niyo rin naman makakain iyan, kaya ibigay niyo na lang sa iba. Nakatulong ka na sa mga nangangailangan, di ka pa mababansagang “dakilang epal”.

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Hitler vs Christopher Lao

Wala akong intensiyong buhayin pang muli ang isa nang inaaamag na (sana na) issue, pero masyado akong natuwa sa video na ito. Kaya, pasensya na.

Natuwa ako sa video na ito dahil pawang katotohanan ang laman. Talagang kita mo na pinag-isipan.

Pasensya na sa mga mao-offend. The truth hurts, ika nga.

Mga puna:

  1. Pansin ko lang talaga, sa mga video spoofs nito, banführer lang talaga ang sinasalin ng tama. Hindi ako marunong ng Deutsch, pero alam kong sir or general ang ibig sabihin ng banführer.
  2. Dapat nagre-review ako para sa eksamen namin mamaya, kaso hindi ko talaga alam kung paano siya sisimulan. Bahala na; mukha namang madali ang prob set.

 

EDIT: OMG, nakalimutan kong i-cite ang source! Una ko pong nakita ko po ang video na iyan sa MgaEpal.com. Ito po ang orihinal na blog entry: http://www.mgaepal.com/2011/08/for-your-information.html. Pasensya na po kung nalimutan ang citation (hindi ko po sinasadya).

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Natural Events ⇒ Kamalasan

Umuulan sa labas ngayon. Sarap patugtugin ang Kiss The Rain  ni Yiruma pampatulog. 🙂

Pero medyo frustrated ako sa mga natural events na naga(ga)nap ngayong araw. Medyo nakakainis lang ang timing.

  1. LINDOL. Lumindol daw kaninang ala-una ng madaling araw, at naramdaman ito ng iba kong mga kaibigan. At hindi ko ito naramdaman. Tanggap ko pa sana kung tulog ako ng mga oras na iyon, kaso hindi! Nag-i-internet ata ako noon o ginagawa ko iyong last blog entry ko.  Ako pa naman yung taong gustong maka-experience ng earthquake habang gising. Sabagay, hindi ko rin masisisi ang sarili ko kung hindi ko ito naramdaman dahil intensity 4 lang siya rito sa Quezon City. Pero dapat naramdaman ko iyon!
  2. ULAN. Pagkatapos ng lindol kanina, umulan naman. Ayon sa PAGASA, may tropical depression, at sinuspinde ni Chancellor Saloma ang klase mula ala-una ng hapon dahil sa inaasahang matinding pag-ulan (via text message). Nakakainis kasi nasa mood akong mag-lab ng EEE 9, at dahil nabasa ang loob ng sapatos ko. Hindi rin ako makabili ng chips sa Deeco dahil nga umuulan. Uminom pa naman din ako ng kape sa CS Canteen; yun nga lang, sama ng loob sa mga tindera ng kantina ang nagpagising sa akin. (Trivia: Juaning ang pangalan ng topical depression. Bagay…)

Medyo nakakainis din kasi kahapon, mayroon ding natural disaster na nangyari: SONA ni Noynoy kahapon, at nagka-trapik sa Commonwealth papuntang EverGotesco Mall sa Katipunan. Nasubukan ko tuloy tawirin ang nasabing avenue nang hindi oras.

 

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