Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why The Term Motivational Is A Misnomer

My few thoughts on the myth of motivational tapes, talks etc.
Calling them motivational is a bit of a misnomer. Like they are a more classed up version of Rob Schneider's catch phrase "You Can Do It!". There was a time back yonder when I listened to hours and hours of "motivational" tapes a day. Here is how they really work: 1) a lot of what holds us back is fear of not knowing what to do. Good material teaches you something and the more you know the less you fear. 2) These people tend to be positive people and there is something to be said about the frame of mind good material puts you in.


Ed's recommended speakers: John Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins , Tom Hopkins , Art Williams

The Acid Trip Gospel

In the interest of full disclosure I have never experimented with anything stronger than hard alcohol or caffeine. Unless you count David Lynch and David Cronenberg movies. But I remember specifically going to mass either 1977 or 1978 and hearing this Gospel and quite possibly experiencing my first acid trip like experience. Even for my preteen mind the imagery was amazing. Plus the fact the disciples just took for granted that Moses and Elijah just showed up with all the mundanes the way we would ask if they want cream or Splenda with their coffee. When this Gospel was read today I thought this would make for a good out from left field type entry. Below I quote the actual reading plus some other people's comments on the same Gospel.

 (actual Gospel) (interpretation) (interpretation)

Actual Gospel

Luke 9:28-36 (Today's New International Version) The Transfiguration 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, 31 appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, [a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him." 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Friday, February 26, 2010

War With Words Across The World

War With Words Across The World

I played this game . I was competitive. I had highs/ lows, moments of despair. Lead changed a few times. I hope I don't sound like I am laying on the hyperbole but I really thought I had an insurmountable lead. It was a match that I would have enjoyed watching. Just not in real time . You see it, it was played over six days.

The last screen of my first game.

Words with Friends is an Iphone / Touch application. You can play with anyone with similar hardware and software. I have to say my very first game was an excellent and fun experience. And it was free. The program itself allowed me to promote it on my Twitter and Facebook with limited results. It's worth a try and if you don't like it? What Have you lost? Download it with Itunes for free. Buzz me personally and I will play you provided I do not have more than 5 games going on.


Putting The Moron In Oxymoron

It takes one plunderer to be loyal to another.
#2 in the polls everybody!!!


Friday, February 19, 2010

At Least I Am Not In Denial

A while ago in one of my rare Facebook status updates (this was before the Multiply cross post feature) I announced "Ed is coming to grips with his senility" or something to that effect. The weird part is there are some folks out there who think I am joking. I found that Calvin and Hobbs comic and at first I was going to post it as a stand alone with the title "This is so me". Of course give it time and I will experience more life and there will be more proof to that self assessment.

Tonight I was passing the Internet Cafe that I frequent near work and Annaliza (above) who I have known about a couple of years now waves me in while she was dealing with a customer. I don't go there as much during lunch time anymore because lately my dessert after lunch has been sleep. That tends to eat in on my going out time during the week. I was curious of course why she was calling me over, then she hands me my card reader with my 1 gig card. I did not even notice it was not in my possession. Two days earlier was Ash Wednesday. I had all this stuff on what is left of my mind. Work, school,etc. I had to compress a lot of things during lunch hour : a) print out assignment for my course due that night. b) buy a bag of coffee from Starbucks Greenbelt 1. c) Get ashed at AIM . I did not even notice my flash memory was not with me all this time. I also use that reader to read my cell phone flash in the PC. The odd thing was on Ash Wednesday I participated at/on/ in this thread. Great. Even my grammar is going.


Monday, February 15, 2010

RIP Doug Fieger

Tonight's blog entry is easy. I was in the middle of Stra Ma class, when I learned Doug Fieger had just died. The world knows him from My Sharona. One of those signature songs back when we were Grade 7. I will be one of the few people you will know who bought the vinyl album Get The Knack when it came out in 1979 the 11 years later saw the CD and justified the purchase by saying "they put this crap out for idiots like me." The videos I found are three songs that are NOT My Sharona. One was the first single off the second album ( which I also had on vinyl) Baby Talks Dirty. The second video is my actual favorite Knack song Mr. Handleman. Yes I am sucker for that piano lick. The third is a great song from Manhattan Transfer called Soul Food to Go with lyrics provided by Doug. Something a music nerd like me noticed right away.

I will try to get a playlist of the lesser known songs that I hope get you boppin'


If you can't see the videos below click here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lack of Pinoys, Protests and Other Things Vancouver Olympics Related

"Fake snow... Fake promises... Fake price tag... Welcome to Vancouver 2010." - Jeff Beyak

Never heard of Jeff Beyak? I don't blame you. He was a college mate. He can verify to you that I did go. Not sure if he can verify that I studied but he can tell you I was there.I have my own point of view on a lot of things but if you want an alternative to all the glitz and hoopla click here.

Let me tell you that Vancouver was the liberal capital of North America . At least when I was there. Beautiful place but no coincidence that the first unionized Starbucks and McDonalds were there. Also the first public place to smoke marijuana. I am sure this was spearheaded by people formerly associated with my brother. What fascinated me was all the professional protesters. Who it seemed like had no productive place to be. So if you hear anything about them just keep in context.

My thoughts on the Summer Olympics also apply to the Winter Olympics and I provided urls below should you care.

One thing I won't miss is local commentators complaining about no medals. It will not be a topic because they will think there is no snow here so why bother. They will say there are no hot climate countries participating anyway. And they would be wrong. Those winter paradise spots of Peru, Ghana , Morocco , Hong Kong and Senegal all are represented. They all probably had more snow than Vancouver too. Not only are their climates similar to ours but you can't convince me they all are heads and shoulders better off financially than we are. I have said before that I don't care about medal count. I care about spirit and community. Maybe it would do the Philippines well to have some representation in the Olympics. Broaden their minds away from basketball and boxing. Pinoy curlers !!! Yeah!!

Let's think of the opportunities.I have a plan. We all know there is no shortage of KSPs in this country. A visionary company that is also looking for more exposure should find one of those KSPs who is reasonably athletic and willing to channel his or her KSPness into training 4 to 8 years for Olympic qualifying in a Winter Olympics event. Also do not go for a glamor sport. Competition to get in is really stiff for figure skating. Being the best Filipino figure skater has as much weight as being the tallest midget when it comes to Olympic qualifying. Getting attention legitimately has a price. That price is doing all the boring work on a boring sport that only gets attention by the public once every four years. I doubt they will catch the games in Sochi, Russia by 2014. But the possibilities are there.

In my plan there is no public funding. I admit it's a bit ripped off from Colbert. It should not be the government. 1) they are not efficient. 2) they lost a lot of money in the Boracay Mansion fiasco. 3) this plan requires foresight, altruism and patience. If there is one thing I know about our senators and congressmen, they are full of shortcuts. They are also full of something else.

Think of all the publicity this KSP and their KSP sponsor will get when the Winter Olympics open and for the first time the Philippine flag will be there. Held by a KSP who focused their energy on qualifying and learning a skill that will be of absolute no use to them when the games stop. But the price will be worth it. The Philippines will be added to the list of countries participating and maybe in every barangay there will be kids in the street making believe that they are competing like our one sole representative in the Winter Olympics.... and winning.




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Basis of Strategy In The Context Of The Godfather

Michael Porter in his book Competitive Strategy (1980) states the following factors set the limits to formulation of strategies:

Basis of Strategy:
1) The Threats and Opportunities to the Industry.
2) The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Company.
3) Personal Values of the Key Implementers.
4) Broader Societal Expectations.
What better way to explain this than a scene from the Godfather .

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Twitter Bowl

I have watched the Super Bowl many times over the last 30 years. 2010 marks the first time I augmented the experience with Twitter. Both as someone making observation and also getting instantly the observations of people who I read even if football was not the basis of me following them in the first place. I have to admit, it added a dimension to it that was not there before. Not only did I get Joe Theismann's color commentary but I also got the color commentary of people whose opinion I subject myself to anyway. I reproduced my notes below for you. Also you may look at the people whose tweets I found enhanced this game for me today.


Watching game with Quito and Jun Jun. Plus reading Tweets of several guys . Feb 8, '10 9:48 AM

Sean Payton 's two big gambles have paid off . He is definitely not playing to not lose. Feb 8, '10 9:33 AM

Our sync of The Who is so bad . Audio video. Your worst Kung Fu movie come to life . Feb 8, '10 9:05 AM

I thought going for td was nuts but it worked out . Saints gave Payton long field . And it's only 4

point game going into half . Feb 8, '10 8:57 AM

Is it just me or is cheering louder when the Saints get a first down than when the Colts got

their touchdown . Feb 8, '10 8:19 AM

Twitter Bowl (Sports Business Reporter MSNBC) (CNN Media Matters Reporter) ( advertising, sports expert) (Frequent ESPN podcast guest) (Sports Nation) (Yahoo Sports) (Yahoo NFL) (CNNSI/ NBC NFL) (ESPN)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Promises Fun For The Entire Family

The link for this juvenile entertainment is here.

Got this from him.

Make sure you send me any funny ones you make.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Should Superman be allowed to be in an ad in the Superbowl?

Once again, we tackle the question that even if you have a right to an opinion , where are you allowed to have that opinion?

Tim Tebow is no stranger to this blog. Besides being an absolute perfect gentleman in a brutal sport, he is in a sense an abortion survivor. His mother was given professional advice (in the same city I live in no less) to abort Tim. Advice she ignored. She then gave birth to a boy who 19 years later would be nicknamed Superman.

So there are some who say that Superman is now not allowed to have an opinion. Which I find ridiculous. All these people call themselves Pro Choice as long as its their choice. Advertising has their own code and if a group ( in this case Focus on the Family) decides to pay for an ad that passes all standards then it gets to be aired. Saying you are Pro Choice yet squelching the ability of someone to disagree with your choice is being oxymoronic.

Besides the ad is meant for the most watched 3 1/2 hours all year for the U.S. That is the Super Bowl. Not exactly a bastion for Women's groups. Since when do Men's groups protest the Twilight saga. Since when do Men's groups exist?

Once again, you may listen to Colin's take on this issue. If you listen to him, we both come at this issue from opposite sides yet we come to the same conclusion.

Those of us with strong opinions should respect others who also have strong opinions regardless how much they relate with our own opinions.

I have my opinion but I usually try to give you a basis why I have that opinion in the first place.

Women are so concerned about their right to choose but I don't hear any mention of the rights of the little life inside them that they so conveniently forget. There, my opinion.