Sunday, June 28, 2009
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Written and Composed by Michael Jackson
Produced by Michael Jackson

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for the world that I come from
'Cause I've been looking around
In the lost and found of my heart...
No one understands me
They view it as such strange eccentricities...
'Cause I keep kidding around
Like a child, but pardon me...

People say I'm not okay
'Cause I love such elementary things...
It's been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood
I've never known...

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for that wonder in my youth
Like pirates in adventurous dreams,
Of conquest and kings on the throne...

Before you judge me, try hard to love me,
Look within your heart then ask,
Have you seen my Childhood?

People say I'm strange that way
'Cause I love such elementary things,
It's been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood (Childhood) I've never known...

Have you seen my Childhood?
I'm searching for that wonder in my youth
Like fantastical stories to share
But the dreams I would dare, watch me fly...

Before you judge me, try hard to love me.
The painful youth I've had

Have you seen my Childhood....

Friday, June 26, 2009
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Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Today, the world is in shock as the news came out: The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is dead.

Well I hope he finds the peace in death that he never found in life.

He may be bizarre. But make no mistake, he is an iconic artist. And he makes the best music. From the music itself to the way it is produced. His music brings back a ton of childhood and teenage memories.

Sadly, YouTube will not allow to play the videos in this part of the world. But there are still some videos I can post here. Like this one:

Rest in peace, Michael. You will not be forgotten.

Sunday, June 21, 2009
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Jock or Nerd?

Never saw a John Hodgman stand-up. This is my first time I saw him outside his stints at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But I love his "Get a Mac" ads, that's why he cannot mention Obama's Blackberry in this video.

Watch this video and see of you're a jock or a nerd. As for me, I could not answer any of his Dune questions but I don't think I qualify as a jock.

Oh and by the way, Happy Father's Day to my dad, all the fathers and single mothers who are virtually fathers.

Friday, June 19, 2009
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He will always understand

Got this from Alex, my choirmate:

Yes, Alex, it did have the same effect on me. Hard to admit, but I was almost in tears.

Friday, June 12, 2009
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FileVault warning

We interrupt this blog blackout again for a bit of public service.

I just want to relate my experience regarding OSX's FileVault.

It's supposed to provide additional security to your home files, where you presumably put your documents and other important files. With that sell, I turned it on.

The problem is, FileVault encrypts these files and lumps it all into a sparse image, essentially into one large encrypted file. That creates some issues. One, it puts your eggs into one proverbial basket. This means when this one file becomes corrupted, all your files may not be accessible.

Next, the additional step of encrypting for storage and decrypting for use creates an additional strain on processing and hard drive access. This may not be an issue at first or when you have a powerful Mac but the strain does add up. Imagine doing this extra process when your documents takes up monumental space. Imagine doing that additional step when your home folder reaches 100Gb.

Of course, storage creates additional disk space. FileVault will recover that space when it shuts down, but that's false economy because it reclaims that same space when your computer is up.

Finally, and this is from personal experience, the intermittent power outages yesterday cause my computer to shut down unexpectedly. This is when I experienced problems when I tried to shut down normally. FileVault first tries to recover space before shutting down but then it just hangs afterwards. I had to perform a hard shutdown afterwards.

So I turned FileVault off. So far, that cured my shutdown problems. Plus, I think I'm getting a speed spike in my computer, that's probably just psychological.

Anyway, I'll continue monitoring my computer. To secure your files, just put in a password and don't share access to your computer in any wireless (or even wired) network you connect to.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Thursday, June 11, 2009
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What Matters Most

Rest in peace, Kenny Rankin.

What Matters Most
(Kenny Rankin)

It's not how long we held each other's hand
What matters is how well we loved each other
It's not how far we travelled on our way
Of what we found to say
It's not the spring you see, but all the shades of green

It's not how long I held you in my arms
What matters is how sweet the years together
It's not how many summertimes we had to give to fall
The early morning smiles we tearfully recall
What matters most is that we loved at all.

It's not how many summertimes we had to give to fall
The early morning smiles we tearfully recall
What matters most is that we loved at all.

What matters most is that we loved at all.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009
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[TAG] Desktop Meme

Please forgive me. My blog is getting to be pathetic. I hope this blackout ends soon...

1. Anyone who looks at this entry please post this meme and your current wallpaper on your journal.

2. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper.

3. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on.

This is my current desktop (on Olivia's main screen), that I use as my "Vision Board," applying the Law of Attraction. The wallpaper you currently see is just part of a series of rotating pictures of stuff I expect to have. These range from watches (like these Rolex Submariners) and cars (like BMWs) to other gadgets (like a Mac Pro). And if you really must know, it works. I have removed a lot of pictures (such as my flute, my new Macbook and my DSLR camera) from this collection because I already have them.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009
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Blog Interview Meme

Got this from Carlo. It's a good break from the blog blackout since it sets this blog's direction. No tags. Take it if you wish:

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging since December 2004.

Why did you start blogging?

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I blog first and foremost for personal reasons. It's a chance to chronicle my life online. Whether people read it or not is secondary to me.

But as I blogged some more, I found out that I cannot separate my personal and professional life in my blogging. Hence, the blog lectures, which I have not gotten around doing these past few months.

What have you found to be the benefits of blogging?

It's still, first and foremost, a channel for personal expression. But since I'm a lawyer, I know my boundaries. I have gotten detractors for the things that I have written, from my peers no less, but I don't compromise.

The side benefit is the writing practice. Blogging has actually improved my writing. And it's a good practice to recommend to budding writers or even to students who want to improve, provided one does it "correctly" and not in text-speak.

How many times a week do you post an entry?

Normally, I post at least once a day on anything, when not in blog blackout.

How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis?

The blogs in my blog roll are the ones I follow on a regular basis, though not everyday. A few of them actually post new stuff everyday, anyway.

Do you comment on other people’s blogs?

Yes. We have to remember those who post are human beings and if they did not want other people to comment, they can always turn on comment moderation or turn off comments completely.

And a lot of the people who have these blogs are my friends.

Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Is so, are you satisfied with your numbers?

I do keep track of my visitors. But I basically don't care about the numbers.

Do you ever regret a post that you wrote?

No. No compromises and no regrets. What has been said, has been said. What has been written, has been written. So I take great pains about thinking first before I write.

Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog?

Most probably. I've been blogging almost everyday since 2004. I think my regular audience knows me already.

Do you blog under your real name?

In a sense yes. I blog under my real nickname. The curious can simply search me around the internets for my real info.

Are there topics that you would never blog about?

Everything is pretty much fair game. But as a lawyer, I know what I will not blog about. And that basically falls into three categories: 1) Libelous matters; 2) Pornographic matters (this is a wholesome blog) and 3) Confidential matters relating to my work.

What is the theme/topic of your blog?

This particular blog, as I have said before, I my personal blog where I chronicle my life as it happens everyday. Although Twitter chronicles my life by the hour...

Do you have more than one blog? If so, why?

I have three active blogs:

1. This blog, which gets cross-posted to my Multiply blog and my Facebook account.
2. My Semper Fidelis blog, where I separate the legal profession-related entries in my main blog for easier access.
3. My Attraction in Action blog, to chronicle how the Law of Attraction has affected my life and other related ideas and thoughts about the topic.

And I also contribute (though not recently) to Pinoy Tech Blog.

And I have an active blog presence (and recently, active Twitter and Facebook presence as well) because that's basically who I am.

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Lord Jesus,
Teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve You as You deserve
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
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...
May every case I handle receive Your Guidance...
May every heart, every life I touch, feel Your Love.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your Hand be with me,
that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain."

So God granted him what he requested.

Side Oath

The Lawyer's Oath
I do solemnly swear that
I will maintain allegiance to
the Republic of the Philippines,
I will support its Constitution
and obey the laws as well as
the legal orders of the
duly constituted authorities therein;
I will do no falsehood,
nor consent to the doing of any in court;
I will not wittingly or willingly
promote or sue any groundless,
false or unlawful suit,
nor give aid nor consent to the same;
I will delay no man for money or malice,
and will conduct myself as a lawyer
according to the best of my knowledge
and discretion with all good fidelity
as well to the courts as to my clients;
and I impose upon myself this voluntary obligation
without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion.
So help me God.

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