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Ok, Party Over...

Or so they say. I'm now really 21 years old, and currently having fun. I don't know what the number 21 does to the human male body, but I feel really different compared to when I was 20. I don't think it's actually physical, more physiological. Or psychological I might say. I get this sudden feeling of duty and responsibility, more than I did the time I turned 20. But that's another story, because I started my 21st year on this earth with a party.

Parties were meant to be escapes from reality, an excuse to do things while you're intoxicated, incoherent, irrational, and even asleep. However, parties are basically a celebration of something significant -- might be a new haircut, a new promotion, a special accomplishment, or another year to your life. Some people have parties for other people, while some just have parties for the sake of having parties.

Life was meant to be a party (or so they say) that's why I just enjoy whatever comes my way. I've pretty…

Exorcising the devil...

Good riddance. Two consecutive days of gimmick -- yet again. This is certainly something I'll miss when I finally start working and moving on with my life, and that's definitely something I plan to do (move on) as I grow older in a couple of days. I know I'm going to have to eventually do that, but for now I still need to enjoy my life as a free person.

Anyway, the Chivas Regal I served for the party friday night was a really memorable bottle of whisky that I wouldn't forget in the near future. A handful of my friends were there, although it would have been nice if I had more come over. Not that I'm complaining, the company was really something to remember. I invited all that I could handle and I was thankful for their presence. Now I know that keeping friends really pay when you need them the most.

And as for the devil, I'm feeling better and badder now -- met a new friend that my aunt met through texting, and he's one party freak. Not to mention that he&#…

Party later...

Around 7 o'clock pm today, I'll be hosting an advanced birthday party for myself. I'll be doing this because my birthday (on the 27th) is on a Tuesday -- and students and people with work alike have things going on during the middle of the week.

I should be able to say more about the party when it's been done with and things have already happened. I definitely however AM looking forward to the celebration later.

Geez, 21... Such a symbolic age. Oh well, time to grow up now.

Chill...

Oh yes, Friendster...

During the weekend, I had been enjoying myself surfing through friends of friends in Friendster. I've messaged a few people, and I've tried adding some of them too. While not everyone I tried adding were available, I had fun reading through very interesting profiles. One friend I have put it as "friendster whoring" and that's what I definitely did for the past few days.

It's definitely something else -- the idea of building a network of friends of friends of friends of friends. Adding new friends increases your network, and having more friends adds to the fun of friendster whoring. I've been having fun lately, and I'm planning on meeting a lot more people through Friendster than personal referrals -- which take almost forever. At least I'd be able to meet people on my own volition (or my own GUTS), and if the other person is also game then we'd be friends not just in friendster.

I've tried bookmarking people, and it is effective. Some peop…

American Scientist Online - The Post-OOP Paradigm

American Scientist Online - The Post-OOP Paradigm
Not your ordinary OOP bashing, but a more scientific explanation to the things happening around the OOP concept and the driving forces towards a new paradigm.
Having to deal with a new paradigm in the near future could be something the younger generation would have to worry about, but for now it's something very interesting to talk about and argue about.

New look yet again...

Felt kinda tired about the look of my blog, and I decided to go with a
more minimalistic approach to blogging. I also forgot about my
traditional website look and put the sidebar at the right -- this way
people get to read the post first before other things regarding my
blog. In case people didn't notice, the last time I used the right hand
sidebar was with the first time I used the blog. I don't know why I
prefered having the sidebar on the left, when it's a known fact (or
concept) that english and thus the first thing you read is usually at
the left side of the page/sentence/word. Unless of course you look from
the right to your left, which is something I wouldn't want to talk
about anytime soon.

I definitely like the new look now, however I might consider using a
different color scheme, knowing that my favorite color is blue, and the
best shade for me would be grey. I'm not sure if that last statement
made sense, but I remember someone telling me t…

StumbleUpon Toolbar

StumbleUpon Toolbar

This is definitely a great way to enhance your web surfing experience. Figure this, a context/preference sensitive random/stochastic tool for determining a website that you would either appreciate or not based on what sites you like and don't like. It also allows you to meet other people with the same preferences and eventually make more friends online.

All this while having fun and surfing the net?! How cool could that be? Anyway, if you don't like hearing it from someone else, just giver it a try. A warning may be of necessity -- this may be habit forming.

Chill...

My goodness...

This weekend has been a very eventful one. I got to meet my high school friends again, and gone to places, met people, and presented results of my study. I'm not sure where to start, so I'll just keep writing.

Friday, I went to UP Diliman, to the ASTI building and presented results of my study to MS students from UP Diliman, employees of ASTI, and Ms. Sacha Chua. I was looking extra formal that day, with my Americana suit, slacks, leather shoes and leather belt. It's not a normal day in UPLB, which made me look not so normal. Come to think of it, I kinda liked it. However, I would never consider doing that (wearing formal clothes) to UPLB. Or would I... :D

Fiday night, I went out to Isis "taas", just outside UPLB. I saw a lot of people I knew and knew me, and some other friends from high school. Big other thing is, I went out with my friend Lynette -- and just as sure as I knew a lot of people that knew me, she had STUDENTS who knew her and she did not necessaril…

Balahura

Ok, it's not a very nice word to start off this article. But it's been the best word to describe what a trashy thing my life was -- until I started taking control. I used to be balahura -- a word connotating a lack-luster, worth-nothing, throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude to life. That is, used to be.

Until now that I actually have something going on in my life. I have a lot of friends, older and wiser, and one that actually reminded me of how balahura I was (and in some ways still am). I'd like to thank Lai, for actually telling me to blog about it. And now, sure as day, I'm blogging about it.

Later today, I will be presenting some results at the ASTI building in UPD about the tests I've been running at the ASTI cluster. I'm going to be doing a live demo presentation of the cluster's capabilities, but I've yet to figure out what to show them. I don't even know who I'm going to show it too -- and it looks like a big crowd will be gathering aroun…

100, 200, 300...

I wonder why things around us most of the time come in even denominations -- or in well rounded numbers. It might not be the case in different parts of the world, mostly because of culture and psychological (as well as economic) differences. However, in the Philippines, the price has to be in denominations such as P1, P1.50, P20 -- and when I ask other people why it is so, it's either they haven't really thought about it, or para madali tandaan.

When I was having my vacation at the US, I found prices set at really odd numbers -- $0.99, $0.34, $3.45. It isn't really something I could attribute to any particular factor, but I think it would be so because not everyone really cared -- everybody was either carding it, or in case of cash were letting the cashiers keep the change. Not only that, the measurements on a lot of things were in inches (compared to the metric system, was quite uneven or non-uniform). And when they say $1,500 (in words), they would sometimes say "fi…

Commute, pollute, then relax

I'm currently at the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) building in Diliman, Quezon City where the ASTI cluster I had been using is hosted. I am currently waiting for one of my tests to finish (Parallel GA for solving the ATSP), and wishing I could be here more often (without the hassle of a commute and the pollution). Aside from that, I'm waiting for the approval of a network switch to replace the hub currently being utilized by the cluster -- so that I could finally confirm one of my hypotheses regarding the networking hardware and its effect on the performance of the ASTI cluster.

I am also looking at a very nice place to work in -- even if I know that the pay is not that competitive. I would like to keep working with this cluster and implement more projects on this -- even if I have to do it remotely. I just hope the ASTI would be more supportive as more and more people like me find the need to use the cluster for a plethora of different purposes. I am also c…