Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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Anima Christi

On the occasion of the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola today:

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, give me strength

Hear me Jesus, hide me in Thy wounds
That I may never leave Thy side

From all the evil that surrounds me, defend me
And when the call of death arrives, bid me come to Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints forever

A warning...

As we have repeatedly stressed, “there is no place in the judiciary for those who cannot meet the exacting standards of judicial conduct and integrity.”

I hope these words send chills down some judge's spine. These were the words of the Supreme Court per curiam in dismissing now former judge Fatima Asdala from the judiciary, with forfeiture of all her benefits, etc.

With all due respect, I also hope the Supreme Court is equally serious about cleaning up its ranks. I do hope this case will only be the first of many. There are more where they came from.

I know being in the judiciary is hard. You have to appear neutral at ALL TIMES, not just the times one sits in his/her courtroom wearing those robes. It also means limiting your social circles sometime to even less than your closest friends or immediate family. It means avoiding not only actual partiality, until a decision comes out, but also even appearance of impartiality.

I have to admit I am getting to be an old hand in this profession because I already have some close friends who are now judges. And now, I miss them precisely because they are already judges. And even when I do see them, I make sure I don't even have a case pending before I even talk to them.

For a lawyer to become a judge, he (or she) has to want it pretty bad. To the profession, judges are like priests and they have been called "priests of justice." They are bound by even stricter rules. And the pay is not that high, although these days, I hear it's enough.

You know that if boss fires you, you can take them to court to get your job back, assuming you have a reason. But if your boss is the highest court in the land, you don't have that recourse. In that regard, I sympathize with judges. So they really have to behave.

Now the thought of becoming a judge someday has occurred to me from time to time. But my sad experiences in actual government service has dissuaded me enough. Thank goodness for that.

Before I ramble aimlessly any further, let me end by the last words of the Supreme Court in that case:

This Court has repeatedly stressed its unbending policy not to tolerate or condone any act or omission that falls short of the exacting norms of public office, especially on those expected to preserve the image of the judiciary. Again, this Court will not shirk from its responsibility of weeding out those who stain the integrity and dignity of the judiciary.
Amen to that.

Monday, July 30, 2007
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Shadowtrader Marry Me chords

This just goes to show I don't have a life. The title is just an "educated" guess:

Shadowtrader Marry Me
words and music by Audrey

Bm9 A9 G9-

(repeat intro chords)
Shadowtrader you know you want to marry me (2x)

Marry Marry

Marry Marry

Marry Marry


(repeat intro chords)
Shadowtrader you know you want to marry me.

Claire the upstager...

I'm glad HappySlip's video releases are becoming more frequent.

The title of my entry speaks for itself. (Because I want you to relish this video for yourself.)

On a technical note, I feel she could benefit from improved lighting. I think it looks too yellow. But then I again, that could have been intentional, for an "old" feel.

A problem, though. Audrey and Claire seems to have the same character. Last time I checked, Audrey plays "face" while Claire plays "heel." Now, the lines seem to blur. That's what is tough about solo endeavors. No one to proofread your work.

Just a thought. That Shadow Trader will surely get instant fame out of this. Lucky guy.

Anyway, this will be a crucial week so I made myself a laundry list:

1. Tell a client bad news, file a pleading and lay out their options.
2. Try to close some jobs to earn some much-needed dough.
3. Prepare for and attend the pre-trial in another case.
4. Prepare for what could be the biggest case I have handled so far.
5. Follow up on some crucial billings.
6. Pay off some debts and expenses.

Hope this week turns out alright.

Sunday, July 29, 2007
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Simeon's Canticle

Simeon's Canticle

Music by: Manoling Francisco, SJ
Arrangement: Paulo K Tirol
Soloist: Celia Uy
Keyboards: Paulo K Tirol

Lord, let Your servant go in peace
For Your Word has been fulfilled.

A Child shall be born to the Virgin,
And His Name shall be called, "Emmanuel."

My own eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared for all men.

A Light shall reveal to the nations
And the glory of Your people, Israel.

Saturday, July 28, 2007
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A blogger's/vlogger's dilema...

Fortunately I'm not there yet...

A happy weekend to all!

Friday, July 27, 2007
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I have some paperwork, some calls to make and some deals to close today. This day will be crucial for my financial well-being...

Anyway, I spent the entire day yesterday over at my government consultancy. One good thing from that is I don't have to report there today.

But while I was there, I had to multi-task because my cases were developing left and right. Thank goodness for the technology that enables us to attend to a lot of things at the same time. And I was glad I acquired the new skill of obtaining HDOs from the entire exercise.

I even had to the time monitor (but not watch) the Ateneo-La Salle game and of course I'm elated my school won.

Then I had to pick my mom up from her party.

When I got home, my day was still not over. I still had to go out for a meeting that lasted until about 11:00 p.m. Anyway, I hope my work there pays out soon...

Of course, I woke up early today to take Bea to school so I'm still a little woozy. I think I'll catch a few more Zs first before I start this potentially busy day.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Unusually busy...


First, I had two hearings in the same court room. It's been a while since I had one of those.

Then, I played the role of school bus driver again to Bea, Nico and then my mom and my dad.

After that, I had some paperwork to do. Fortunately, I did those at home.

Finally, a client/friend invited me out to dinner to discuss their case(s). We visited another old friend along the way. When I got home, I still had to draft them a letter, which I just finished.

Oh, there's still this entry...

Well, I hope I do have more of these days in the future...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Let Your Praises Be Heard

Nothing much to say today. Would rather not comment on what happened yesterday.

So why not show you a video instead?

Let Your Praises Be Heard
Based on Psalm 66
Words By Jandi Arboleda
and Music by Norman Agatep

Shout with joy to God all you on earth! Give glory to His name!
Say to God great are Your deeds on earth! We praise Your name!

Come and see what God has done on earth! Rejoice and praise His name!
Walking through the sea that turned to earth, we proclaim "How great, God's name!"

All the world be glad! Let the sound of your praise be heard by our God who saves!
May our hearts be blest, and our voices address the love showered unto us!
He has heard our prayers, touched our hearts and livened up our once-troubled souls.
O nations, be glad! Let your praises be heard!

May all nations praise You here on earth and glorify Your name!
May Your justice rule us here on earth! How blest Your name!

May Your ways be known throughout the earth as we magnify Your name!
To the very ends of all the earth, may Your people praise Your name! (REF)

God's peace be with us to make salvation known.
God's face is upon us, turning us gently, changing our hearts of stone;
Turning us gently, changing our hearts of stone! (REF x 2)

Let your praises be heard! Let your praises be heard! Let your praises be heard!
May all the nations praise Your name! And may all people give glory to You, O Lord!
May all the nations praise Your name! May all the nations praise!

Let your praises be heard!

Monday, July 23, 2007
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Due to the peculiar location of our house, I'm stranded here because of the events that will happen today.

Due to the same peculiar location of Nico's school, he's the only one who can attend school. Bea's school will not hold classes today.

So I'm stuck here to do some paperwork and perhaps make some calls. I was supposed to have a hearing today but I just called the court instead to ask for a postponement. No damage to me. That client has not been paying for a long time.

Anyway, I'm still hoping for a productive (or lucrative) day today.

Hey, I may even live blog the event this afternoon.

I hope your day is not the same as mine. But then again, Being stuck at home has its benefits.

Saturday, July 21, 2007
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As The Deer...

Spent last night practicing this song:

Of course, it did not turn out this good.

As The Deer
by Martin Nystrom

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and You are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more thank any other,
So much more than anything.

I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver,
And the apple of my eye.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Friday, July 20, 2007
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A perfect "souvenir"

If you're Filipino, you know that it is a custom for friends or relatives coming to the Philippines from abroad to give souvenir gifts ("pasalubong") of their travels.

Well, I received such gifts yesterday from a cousin from the States. And it really made my day...

An iPhone? I wish is was but of course not.

I'm a simple person to please. Given this vice of mine, I'll give you a guess....

Well, you guessed right!

I did not know there was this product called Vicks Casero, which is lemon flavored and not available here. So you could image how this really made my day.

I do hope such happy days continue from now on...

Thursday, July 19, 2007
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The Next...

The next, newest Happyslip video turns out to be Videoblog No. 4:

How can you comment on someone's video blog? It's commenting on someone's writing style on that someone's personal blog.

But if I really, really MUST say something (like when my life depended on it), I must say this runs pretty much like her live chat sessions, which I saw twice already. Yes, I have to admit I suffer to watch her chat sessions (because of the time difference) and her videos as much as she does making them. And the lighting was very nice (since it was all natural, heheheheh!).

My favorite summer memory was of Gordon Street...

Gordon Street?
Oh, yes, Gordon Street...

I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street.

Long time ago, when I was a young man. Not a day passes that I don't think of her, and the promise I made, which I will always keep.

That one perfect day on Gordon Street...

That's about it for me. And oh, I'm glad she seems unchanged by the fame coming her way.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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First Day Out

This will be the first day I will be out since Nico got sick last Friday. He's feeling better now but we elected to have him rest the entire week. He still has rashes so I think Bea will come back home on Friday. And I miss my daughter already.

Actually, everyone will be out today for something, leaving Nico alone with the nanny. Hopefully all goes well with him today. Anyway, I'm not that far away in case of emergencies.

As regards the prospects, they remain prospects but the developments, although small, remain positive. There is still hope for all of them.

Breathed a sign of relief yesterday... whew!

Let's all hope for the best. So things become even better in the days to come.

Monday, July 16, 2007
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Nico officially has pharyngitis. Thank God it was not that other suspect illness I'm fearing.

Took him to his regular vet, I mean, pediatrician when I panicked as he developed rashes. It's a viral condition so he was not given any anti-biotics. But the doctor gave him antihistamines to manage them. He has missed school since Friday and will only go back if he goes for a day without a fever.

But his temperature is still all over the place. So I think he'll be back on Thursday or Friday.

His condition is also contagious. Hence, Bea is in my sister's place since last Friday. We brought her clothes and other supplies to last until Wednesday.

But tonight she has some homework to do tonight on the life of her patron saint (who turned out to be St. John Baptiste de La Salle). And of all the times my sister's DSL connection can break down, it chose this night. So I did the research for her homework and we discussed it over the phone.

Fortunately, the connection was restored and I emailed it to my sister's house just now. The rest is up to them over there, I suppose.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can still be a father to Bea, albeit she's not here in the house. I should have installed the webcam last Saturday so I can talk to her. But this will do for now. Anyway, she's be here as soon as Nico recovers.

I likewise worked from the house today, relying on the same technology. Thanks to this, I can still fulfill my dual duties from the comfort of the house. It's cheaper that way too since I saved on fuel.

Anyway, tomorrow I have to leave the house for some errands. Hopefully, Nico will be recover soon enough so I will not worry when I do leave.

This was likewise a day of prospects, that would hopefully materialize within the week. There's no shame in hoping, you know. Jabez, Jabez, Jabez...

Sunday, July 15, 2007
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Hope next week will be bring some opportunities for us.

Saturday, July 14, 2007
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20 Years of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry

Hijacked from Norman Agatep's Multiply Site:

Hindi Kita Malilimutan
Bukas Palad Album Launch
25 August 2007. Saturday. 7pm
Church of the Gesu. Ateneo de Manila

Friday, July 13, 2007
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Punzi the Nurse

If you have been following my Twitter tweets today, you know that Nico has a high fever all throughout the day.

Took him to the doctor but he did not prescribe antibiotics. He does not have a sore throat, a cough or a cold. So they eliminated all but two causes: the flu (viral) and something else I don't want to write here.

Anyway, the doctor told us just to manage his fever for a couple of days and have his blood tested on Monday.

Of course he did not go to school and I tended to him all day. Did not get any work done, obviously.

He's feeling a little bit better now but we're still keeping a close eye on him over the weekend.

We're keeping our fingers crossed. And yes, we're praying for his quick recovery.

A pleasant week to us all. (Though I'm sure, that's not going to be the case for us here.)

Thursday, July 12, 2007
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Daily Report

Do you have anything to report?

Nothing, sir.

It was an ordinary day. A few prospects. Three pleadings filed this afternoon (one on a personal matter), but all through registered mail. That's all, sir.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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FAQs on the the Supreme Pontiff's Latin Mass Decree

Taken from United States Council of Bishops Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter for June to July 2007 (footnotes and references omitted). The entire newsletter can be downloaded here.

Twenty Questions on the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum

1. What is the purpose of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum?

By this Apostolic Letter, promulgated motu proprio, the Holy Father seeks an “interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church” with those who have demonstrated an attachment to preconciliar liturgical forms, making “it possible for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew.” Thus does he exhort the whole Church to “generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.”

2. How does the Apostolic Letter describe the preconciliar edition of the Missale Romanum?

The Holy Father begins by defining two forms of the rule of prayer (Lex orandi) of the Latin church of Roman Rite: an ordinary form, as contained in the Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI, and an extraordinary form, as contained in the Missale Romanum of Pope Saint Pius V.

He notes that the extraordinary form was never abrograted and the two forms make up the Liturgy of the one Roman Rite.

(Just to be clear, the ordinary form is the one used today translated in the language of choice [called the "Pauline Mass"] while the extraordinary form is the one exclusive in Latin [called the "Tridentine Mass" or the "Latin Mass" to us all.)

3. When may a Priest celebrate the extraordinary form in a Mass without the people?

Any Priest of the Latin Church may, without any further permission from the Holy See or his Ordinary, celebrate the extraordinary form of the Missale Romanum in a Mass without the people at any time except during the Sacred Triduum. If members of the faithful wish to join in these celebrations, they are permitted to do so.

4. May the extraordinary form be used in religious communities?

Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life who wish to do so may celebrate according to the extraordinary form in their own oratories.

5. When may the extraordinary form be used in parishes?

In parishes where a group of the faithful are attached to the extraordinary form of the Mass, they may approach the pastor, who is to support their petition willingly. No permissions are required.

6. May the extraordinary form of the other sacraments also be celebrated?

For the good of souls, a canonical pastor may also grant permission for the celebration of the other Sacraments, Christian Funerals or other occasional celebrations according to the extraordinary form, when requested to do so by priests or a group of the faithful.

7. If a priest fails to demonstrate a minimum rubrical or linguistic ability to celebrate the extraordinary form, may he still celebrate the 1962 Missale Romanum?

No. In order to celebrate the extraordinary form, a Priest must be suitably qualified for and not prohibited by any impediments to the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. This means he must have the minimum knowledge and ability required for a legitimate use of the extraordinary form.

8. As a rule, is it possible for a priest to abandon the ordinary form entirely?

No. The Holy Father states unequivocally that “in order to experience full communion, the priests of the communities adhering to the former usage cannot, as a matter of principle, exclude celebrating according to the new books. The total exclusion of the new rite would not in fact be consistent with the recognition of its value and holiness.”

9. What happens if a pastor is unable to fulfill the request of the faithful?

“Should some problem arise which the parish priest cannot resolve, the local Ordinary will always be able to intervene, in full harmony, however, with all that has been laid down by the new norms of the Motu Proprio.”

Should the local ordinary be unable to respond to the request, it may be referred to the Ecclesia Dei Commission.

10. Is the role of the Diocesan Bishop in supervising the Sacred Liturgy diminished by this Apostolic Letter?

No. The norms “do not in any way lessen the Bishop’s own authority and responsibility, either for the liturgy or for the pastoral care of [the] faithful. Each Bishop, in fact, is the moderator of the liturgy in his own Diocese.” As such, he is required both to implement the universal norms of the Church as well as to intervene to prevent abuses from arising with regard to liturgical celebrations in his diocese.

11. What other provisions are made for use of the extraordinary form?

The Bishop may celebrate the Rite of of Confirmation according to the extraordinary form as found in the edition of the Roman Pontifical in effect in 1962. Clerics in Holy Orders may use the Roman Breviary of Blessed John XXIII promulgated in 1962.

12. When the extraordinary form is celebrated, what calendar and Lectionary may be used?

Whenever the extraordinary form of the Roman Liturgy is celebrated, the vernacular edition of the Lectionary for Mass may be used, while the calendar of the Missal of Blessed John XXIII is followed. The Ecclesia Dei Commission has been charged with studying the eventual incorporation of new saints and some of the prefaces of the revised Missale into the Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII.

13. Who regulates the implementation of this Apostolic Letter?

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei is charged with assuring proper observance and application of the norms of the Aposotlic Letter.

14. Does the wider use of the extraordinary form of the rites of Holy Week reflect a change in the Church’s teaching on anti-Semitism ?

No. The 1962 Missale Romanum already reflected Blessed John XXIII’s revision of liturgical language often construed as anti-Semitic. In 1965, the watershed statement Nostra Aetate, of the Second Vatican Council then repudiated all forms of anti-Semitism as having no place within Christian life. When Pope Paul VI issued the Missale Romanum of 1969, the only prayer for the Jewish people in the Roman liturgy was completely revised for Good Friday to reflect a renewed understanding of the Jews as God’s chosen people, “first to hear the word of God.”

Throughout his papacy, John Paul II worked effectively to reconcile the Church with the Jewish people and to strengthen new bonds of friendship. In 1988, Pope John Paul II gave permission for the Mass to be celebrated according the Missale Romanum of 1962 only as a pastoral provision to assist Catholics who remained attached to the previous rites, thereby hoping to develop closer bonds with the family of the Church.

By this new Apostolic Letter, Pope Benedict XVI is merely extending such permission for wider pastoral application, but remains committed to “the need to overcome past prejudices, misunderstandings, indifference and the language of contempt and hostility [and to continue] the Jewish-Christian dialogue…to enrich and deepen the bonds of friendship which have developed.”

15. Where may Bishops turn for support and assistance with the implementation of the Apostolic Letter and the supervision of the extraordinary form of the Roman Liturgy?

The Committee on the Liturgy and its Secretariat are charged by the USCCB with the supervision of the implementation of the provisions of Ecclesia Dei Adflicta, and will continue to provide support and advice on this important pastoral initiative.

16. Prior to the publication of this Apostolic Letter, what provisions have been in force?

By a the letter of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (Quattuor abhinc annos, 1984), Pope John Paul II granted to diocesan Bishops the use of an indult whereby priests and faithful would be allowed to celebrate the 1962 edition of the Missale Romanum, providing that such priests or faithful:

(1) accepted the legitimacy and doctrinal exactitude of the post-conciliar Missale Romanum;

(2) celebrated these rites in a church designated by the bishop;

(3) and celebrated these rites according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, without intermingling the post-conciliar rites. Pope John Paul II encouraged Bishops to make “a wide and generous application” of this indult in the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei Afflicta (1988).

(Translation: A Latin Mass was allowed but with permission of the local bishop, subject to the conditions stated above.)

(I omitted question 17 because I think it's too technical. Besides, it has a table which I don't know how to port into this blog entry)

18. Why are the present norms not adequate to meet these needs?

In his cover letter, the Holy Father notes that while the present norms have been applied to good pastoral effect in many circumstances, difficulties remain “because of the lack of precise juridical norms, particularly because Bishops, in such cases, frequently feared that the authority of the Council would be called into question.” The new norms are intended “to free Bishops from constantly having to evaluate anew how they are to respond to various situations.”

19. Does this action call into question the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council?

No. The Holy Father makes clear that the current Missale Romanum is the ordinary form (forma ordinaria) of the Eucharistic Liturgy. The extraordinary form is found in the 1962 Missal of Blessed John XXIII.

20. When will the Apostolic Letter take effect?

The Apostolic letter will take effect on September 14, 2007, the feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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In more than 10 years of work, I have faced a lot of prospects.

Some have pushed through and have become very fulfilling projects.

Others have remained prospects.

It's the big ones that have a long gestation period.

But the potential rewards for this kind of prospects are huge. And the satisfaction for this huge payouts that took so long makes all the waiting, the anguish, the stress and the sleepless nights all worthwhile.

In the meantime, we all just have to muddle along and survive somehow until we hit the jackpot.

Until then... but when?

Monday, July 09, 2007
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And how was my day?

This was an ordinary day...

Got up early, as in any weekday, to take Bea to school.

Surfed the web, tried to blog (but couldn't) and retrieved the email that came when I was sleeping. Watched footage of the 7.7.7 NYC YouTube Meetup and wishing I was there and not this (insert your expletive of choice here) country...

Had breakfast and my one cup-of-coffee per day (but lately, the coffee's Starbucks).

Went off to my consultancy, but only after attending to some errands my mom had be do. (Sometimes, I wish it was my money I was handling when I go on these errands. What I would give for some financial security...)

After a brief consultation, there was nothing more I could do for the day. But I stuck around to catch up on some gossip (heheheheheh!).

(I could have gone to a friend's law office to beg for some work, but elected not to because I was feeling down and doing that will most certainly not contribute anything to my already low self-esteem. But sooner or later I have to, because I have mouths to feed, but not yet...)

Had a late lunch, went home and then tested Lindsay's webcam on a real Skype videocall from someone far, far away (like Holland).

Helped Bea with his homework, played with Nico, then did a little more surfing.

Ran a disk scan on Scarlett while having dinner because once again, I had to use the power switch to shut her down. (This time, she would not wake up from sleep.) Lindsay's faring better these days and I'm actually using her right now to blog. (It's really better to use a computer with a 17" display and a full-sized keyboard, eventhough the laptop is decked out with more specs... translation: I want a 17" MacBook Pro...)

Now, I'm kind of sleepy (Katherine Heigl overload last weekend) and my kids are likewise winding down... did not even touch Clarry, Sofie or Al today.

Tomorrow? More of the same I guess...

Sunday, July 08, 2007
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Lindsay's Upgrades

taken with a A4tech PK-935 and Photobooth (Lindsay has no built-in iSight)

If you have been following my Twitter tweets recently, you may know that I discovered Macam, a set of USB webcam drivers for OS X.

These drivers are heaven-sent. Saved me a ton because I don't have to buy an iSight anymore.

I tried it with an A4tech PK-935 webcam and it worked like a charm. The driver worked so well, it works with Skpe and YM. I even got Photobooth installed and it works well with it, too.

Using, Skype videocall and two accounts, I can even use the webcam as a surveillance camera for the living room. If you have been following this blog for a long time, you'll know where I will use that one for. (Sneaky, but prudent.) I just don't know if Skpe allows recording of the video call.

The only problem is, the webcam has to be connected directly to Lindsay to work. It will not work if the webcam is connected through a hub. Took me a while to reconfigure my peripherals and I'm still not satisfied with it. I may need to power my USB hub from an external source because of all the things plugged in.

Anyway, there's no choir today and we're not going out so we'll just watch TV and rest for most of the day. I'll try to finish Grey's Anatomy today.

Saturday, July 07, 2007
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Here's a nice story on how Marion Bartoli beat No. 1 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne to earn a spot in the finals at Wimbledon:

Bartoli, the underdog so beloved of the British, did not want for inspiration last night. A set down inside 22 minutes, her eye wandered over the grandstands and picked out Pierce Brosnan, one of her favourite actors. Strange, what a friendly face can do. One moment she was set to be consigned as a statistical footnote in record time; the next she was engineering an escape of which James Bond would have been proud.

Aptly, The World Is Not Enough is the Brosnan work that appeals to her most. Betraying a girly side that was entirely absent on court, she reflected: "I was focusing on Pierce Brosnan because he is so beautiful. I was just watching him. He was the only one - I said to myself, it's not possible I play so badly in front of him."

Some people in the same situation actually become too star-struck and just fold. For her, Pierce Brosnan became her inspiration to achieve what she has never done before. Way to go!

I hope Brosnan will be there in the finals cheering for her since she's up against powerhouse Venus Williams (who I think can possible complete successfully in the men's division).

Now if only you can kindly put me in the presence of ...... (wait a minute! I'm thinking....) that would surely inspire me to do better.

Well, I can dream, can I?

Friday, July 06, 2007
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miivi.com entrapment

A Twitter tweet alerted me to this story:

Media Defender, a notorious anti piracy gang working for the MPAA, RIAA and several independent media production companies, just launched their very own video upload service called “miivi.com”. The sole purpose of the site is to trap people into uploading copyrighted material, and bust them for doing so.

Media Defender is known for their shady tactics. Besides launching video upload services, they also trap people into downloading fake torrents so they can collect IP addresses, and send copyright infringement letters to ISPs.

Fortunately, most of the IPs of these fake BitTorrent trackers are already blocked by blocklist software like PeerGuardian. However, they still manage to collect the IP addresses of thousands of users who do fall for this trap.

And Now they try to do the same with their “fake” video download service. They have registered a new domain and launched a video upload / download site with a web 2.0-ish name: miivi.com. Miivi claims to offer hight speed downloads of blockbuster movies like “300” (don’t download), hereby luring people into downloading copyrighted content.

Some of you may cry "entrapment." But that's not technically correct. You could cry "instigation," though.

In Philippine jurisprudence:

In entrapment, ways and means are resorted to for the purpose of trapping and capturing lawbreakers in the execution of their criminal plan. In instigation on the other hand, instigators practically induce the would-be defendant into the commission of the offense and become co-principals themselves.

Entrapment is sanctioned by law as a legitimate method of apprehending criminal elements engaged in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, for example. Instigation is not.

As applied in the MiiVi incident, an uploader may still be liable, unless certain inducements were made for the illegal uploads. What is important to consider in this case is where the criminal intent was conceived. If this intent came from the website, that's instigation, not entrapment and the uploader goes free in this jurisdiction.

Likewise, the installation of spyware in the course of the upload runs smack into violation of privacy issues and may render the evidence Media Defender obtains through it inadmissible here.

So I agree with the writer of the the news item above. "No matter how wrong ‘piracy’ might seem to some people, this is NOT the way to fight it."

Chris Benoit Detailed timeline

For one reason or another, the WWE website has even pulled out this timeline it had prepared.

They are in such a hurry to distance themselves from this alleged killer, as it washing its hands from all responsibility from this tragedy. They pulled all traces of Chris Benoit from its website, as if he was a nobody that gave his all for those who deny him now.

Go ahead, click on the link below. All you get is a redirect to the main page.

I found this from an alternate source. I'm posting in my blog for posterity.

And when I clicked this link today (showing the first few minutes of the RAW Tribute to him, including McMahon's monologue, all I got was this, stating that the video was taken off due to a WWE copyright claim.

Tragic, yes. The way WWE has handled the incident: equally tragic.

Detailed WWE/Benoit timeline

Written: June 26, 2007

Below is a detailed WWE/Chris Benoit timeline from Saturday to Monday:


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Chris Benoit was scheduled to appear at the WWE SmackDown/ ECW live event in Beaumont, Texas


A co-worker received a voice message from Benoit. The message from Benoit stated he missed his flight and over slept and would be late to the WWE Live Event. The co-worker called Benoit back, Benoit confirmed everything he said in his voice message and sounded tired and groggy. Benoit then stated, “I love you”. The co-worker stated that it was “out of context.”


The same co-worker was concerned with Benoit’s tone and demeanor and called Benoit for a second time. Benoit did not answer the call and the co-worker left a message stating “just call me back.”


Benoit called the co-worker back stating he didn’t answer the call because he was on the phone with Delta changing his flight. Benoit stated he had a real stressful day due to Nancy and Daniel being sick with food poisoning. They discussed travel plans for the WWE Tour of Texas with Benoit still sounding groggy at this point according to the co-worker.


A co-worker who consistently travels with Benoit, called Benoit from outside Houston airport and Benoit answered. Benoit told the co-worker that Nancy was throwing up blood and that Daniel was also throwing up. Benoit thought they had food poisoning. Benoit stated he changed his flight and he would be arriving into Houston at 6:30pm. Benoit told the co-worker to drive onto the WWE event.


Benoit called WWE Talent Relations stating that his son was throwing up and that he and Nancy were in the hospital with their son, and that Benoit would be taking a later flight into Houston, landing late, but would make the WWE live event in Beaumont.


A representative of Talent Relations called Benoit. The representative from Talent Relations asked Benoit what time Benoit was getting into Beaumont. Benoit responded he was leaving Atlanta at 9:20pm Eastern time arriving into Houston at 9:24pm Central time. The representative from Talent Relations advised Benoit that it would be too late to make the WWE live event in Beaumont. Benoit apologized citing he had a family emergency. The representative from Talent Relations suggested to Benoit that instead of going to the WWE live event in Beaumont, Benoit should take the flight to Houston, rest up and be ready for the Vengeance Pay-Per-View event.


The representative from Talent Relations called Benoit to reconfirm the travel plans with no answer from Benoit. The representative from Talent Relations left a voice message to take the flight and rest up.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Text messages sent to co-workers from Chris Benoit and Nancy Benoit’s cell phones:

Text Message 1

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:53am from

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215

Text Message 2

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:53am

Message: The dogs are in the enclosed pool area. Garage side door is open

Text Message 3

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:54am

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215

Text Message 4

Sent to: Two Co-Workers (the same who had verbal correspondence with Benoit the day before)

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:55am

Message: C, S. My physical address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215

Text Message 5

Sent to: A Co-Worker who consistently traveled with Benoit

From: Nancy Benoit’s cell phone

When: 6/24 at 3:58am

Message: My address is 130 Green Meadow Lane. Fayetteville Georgia. 30215

WWE made several attempts to contact Benoit via phone and text messages, as well as, the local hospitals in the Atlanta area. As of 11:00 pm Sunday night there was no contact made with Benoit.

Monday, June 25, 2007


WWE was notified of text messages sent to the two co-workers.


WWE contacted the Fayetteville County Sheriff’s office and requested them to go to Benoit’s residence


WWE received a call from the Fayetteville County Sheriff’s office, advising that they entered the house of Benoit and found 3 deceased bodies (a male, a female and a child). The Fayette County Sheriff’s office has secured the house as a “major crime scene” and that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had no further information.

Thursday, July 05, 2007
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Broadband a "non-essential service"

According to this BBC video, Telefonica, Spain's main telephone company is fighting the European Union's fine for unfair pricing argues that broadband is not an essential service and has vowed to fight the imposition.

The high prices of broadband, allegedly due to Telefonica's actions, has forced the Spanish market to make do without it.

Excuse me? Broadband a non-essential service?

Is Telefonica still using vacuum tubes? Is Spain still trading through galleons?

Serves them right they got fined 150 million euros...

Anyone care to disagree with this statement some more?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007
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Only in the Philippines...

Ever wondered why the Philippines is this way?

I could give you a lot of those "onli n d Pilipins" examples but we can summarize it into two.

Only in the Philippines:

1. Crime pays.

2. Ignorance, laziness and stupidity are rewarded.

God bless America!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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Blog Addiction

75%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

It could have been higher, except I haven't put off my work or my kids (and family) ahead of blogging. But that's fine by me. Still have to be a professional at all times, you know. I still love to practice law, even after more than 10 years.

And I still intend to be a lawyer to my clients, a father to my kids, a son to my parents, a kid brother to my big sister, an uncle to my nieces, a brother-in-law to my brother-in-law and a friend to my friends (likewise an enemy to my enemies, heheheheheh!), and even an instrumentalist to my choirs until the end.

Monday, July 02, 2007
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Vista Experience

Went to my sister's place for a small dinner to celebrate a niece's 10th birthday.

Food was sumptuous, as expected. But that's not the point of this entry.

While I was there, I found out they tried to install a wireless router but did not finish the job. So I finished it and now they have a laptop and a new desktop (sporting the same brand) and my brother-in-law's new WiFi celphone finally sharing a wireless broadband internet connection.

Going back to this new desktop, I found out that it was sporting Windows Vista Home Premium built-in. So I finally got to experience Vista. I was withholding judgment on this new OS until I have first hand knowledge on how it handles.

My verdict: so far, it sucks! And I'm speaking from almost 20 years of experience on a PC (I was already around the PC platform since the MS-DOS, Wordstar and Lotus 123 days) and more than that around computers in general.

But to give the benefit of the doubt, the OS is still in its infancy, so it will run into a lot of bugs. The boys from Redmond are a lot less tidy than the boys from Cupertino, that's a given. Anyway, my specific peeves:

1. I could not install Firefox. For some reason, it stalled on me. Mozilla itself did not give a 100% assurance its product will run on Vista. I guess the machine I used was included as one of these statistics.

2. The user interface is a bit cumbersome. They still want to retain the Windows look and feel, with the eye candy of Mac OSX. But personally, the interface was more complicated than XP. Perhaps a little tweaking will make the experience easier but since the machine's not mine, I had neither the luxury nor the time to tweak away.

3. Hardware problems. One of my missions there was to set-up their webcam for Skype and YM so we could engage in video calls. And this was one of the rare times I failed my mission. And as I tried to look for a solution online, I discovered that webcams have proven to be a problem with Vista, even on alleged "Vista compatible" ones. Just imagine I was trying to install an old low-res webcam... (I want to try again some other time because I don't like to fail. Who does?)

4. It's darn slow. The machine it was running on was already Core2Duo and my CoreDuo Macbook running XP on Parallels Desktop can run rings around it.

5. I personally hated those "security features" like those multiple warnings before running installation files. For the novice user, that is a prudent feature. But for an advanced user like me, it's a time black hole. It slows me down.

Perhaps these problems I encountered will be solved in time (and with better hardware). But keep in mind, Vista was already launched late, just to compete with Apple's current OS (Tiger 10.4). As Apple is set to leap ahead again with Leopard (Mac OSX 10.5) in October, the boys from Redmond will have a lot of catching up to do just AFTER they tidy up their new product...

Sunday, July 01, 2007
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Spice Girls Reunion

Heard the the Spice Girls has reunited and will tour again and release a "greatest hits" album.

I remember the Spice Girls. I was a bit of a fan.

During my early web surfing days, the days of 14.4 kbps modems and horrendous bandwidth speeds, I used to frequent this site and download all midi files of their songs. I think I still have them in my files.

I even remember this song, which was responsible for bringing Bea to the world, heheheheheh!

Didn't heed the song's advice, and Bea has this song to thank for being born into this world.

Anyway, the lyrics:

2 Become 1
by the Spice Girls

Candle light and soul forever
A dream of you and me together
Say you believe it, say you believe it

Free your mind of doubt and danger
Be for real don't be a stranger
We can achieve it, we can achieve it

Come a little bit closer baby, get it on, get it on
'Cause tonight is the night when two become one

I need some love like I never needed love before
(Wanna make love to ya baby)
I had a little love, now I'm back for more
(Wanna make love to ya baby)
Set your spirit free, it's the only way to be

Silly games that you were playing
Empty words we both were saying
Let's work it out boy, let's work it out boy

any deal that we endeavour
Love will bring us back together
Take it or leave it, take it or leave it

Are you as good as I remember baby, get it on, get it on
'Cause tonight is the night when two become one


Ah, oh wow
Ah, oh wow

Be a little bit wiser baby, put it on, put it on
'Cause tonight is the night when two become one

I need some love like I never needed love before
(Wanna make love to ya baby)
I had a little love, now I'm back for more
(Wanna make love to ya baby)

I need some love like I never needed love before
(Wanna make love to ya baby)
I had a little love, now I'm back for more
(Wanna make love to ya baby)
Set your spirit free, it's the only way to be

It's the only way to be
It's the only way to be

(Now that they are back in vogue, I think these kids should be more circumspect...)

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To give and not to count the cost,
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except that of knowing
That I do Your Holy Will. Amen

May every word I speak be from Your Truth...
I ask come from Your Wisdom...
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And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
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