Friday, December 29, 2006

Leeching for internet access

Sure, my bosses do this all the time…in airports, hotel lobbies, and coffee shops. The mere act of “connecting” to an unsecured wireless network doubles as a necessity and as a leaching of sorts. Gotta love wireless. :)

Leeching for internet access

Sure, my bosses do this all the time…in airports, hotel lobbies, and coffee shops. The mere act of “connecting” to an unsecured wireless network doubles as a necessity and as a leaching of sorts. Gotta love wireless. :)

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

What it means to aggregate thinking

I love thinking. They say thinking burns as many calories as when you're having sex...so you may liken thinking to sex. Sounds good, eh? But be warned. Although you can easily fake either one, you don't lose as many calories as doing it for real!

This isn't a sex column, so it's best I get straight to the point and present my thoughts on what aggregated thinking is (and what constitutes faking it). Wiktionary defines aggregation as an act of bringing together, or collecting into a mass or sum.

We programmers are more familiar with aggregation as a slight modification of composition (yeah, we're no fun). Aggregation differs from ordinary composition in that it does not imply ownership. For example, an older model of a car engine will have a carburetor (yeah, it's spelled that way). Take away the engine and the carburetor will lose its usability. That's composition. Then there's a pond with a duck swimming about. Take away the pond and the duck will still be a waddling duck, and will continue to exist as one. That's aggregation.

When used to modify the verb thinking, aggregation may denote:

  1. thinking as a process of collecting or bringing together facts, ideas, and other thoughts and try to make sense out of their fusion,
  2. thinking in order to benefit not only yourself but everyone who is in your thought stream as well,
  3. thinking in a radical way, such as being "one" with what is generally accepted but in a manner that retains one's identity and ownership over thoughts

Clearly, aggregated thinking is awesome brain calisthenics. So aggregate your thinking when you can. God did not create mindless people to go where  mindful" people go. If you lost your backbone, get one ASAP, and start thinking for real.

To fake all these, you can cheat! You can take public opinion and adopt that as your own. You can also squint your eyes and frown like you're in deep thought, trying to look busy! Whichever way, you don't burn calories, and you don't burn off any brain cells. :)

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Hysteria

Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 broadcast back in April 1988 is being streamed today over XM Radio. Def Leppard’s Hysteria is currently playing. Measures and measures of this classic hit flood my ears and I can’t help but smile. There must have been thousands of Icehouse, Def Leppard, and Nelson (to name a few) playbacks since I got them cassette and 8-track tapes.


I still think that the 1980’s was the best decade to grow in. All those crazy get-ups that now look fugly, the hair, and man, the dance moves! I did all those, and proudly at that. You wouldn’t blame me though, because like anyone who’s an 80’s kid, I’m peculiar. :)

Friday, December 1, 2006

Hysteria

Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 broadcast back in April 1988 is being streamed today over XM Radio. Def Leppard’s Hysteria is currently playing. Measures and measures of this classic hit flood my ears and I can’t help but smile. There must have been thousands of Icehouse, Def Leppard, and Nelson (to name a few) playbacks since I got them cassette and 8-track tapes.


I still think that the 1980’s was the best decade to grow in. All those crazy get-ups that now look fugly, the hair, and man, the dance moves! I did all those, and proudly at that. You wouldn’t blame me though, because like anyone who’s an 80’s kid, I’m peculiar. :)

Are you an 80s kid in the Philippines?

You know you’re a kid of the 80’s in the Philippines if:
1.) You have scars on your knees and elbows
2.) You owned a bike
3.) You had a barkada around your neighborhood (all of you had bikes)
4.) You loved climbing on your house’s roof (and your neighbor’s roof as well)
5.) You went inside an abandoned house in your neighborhood just to see what it looks like inside
6.) You ate all the aratilis in your neighborhood
7.) You plucked all the Gumamelas in the area for soap bubbles
8.) Your parents forced you to take afternoon siestas with the threat that you will not be allowed to play outside.
9.) You are never found in your house in the afternoon. You are often found playing in the street with your neighborhood friends.
10.) You loved exploring vacant lots for hidden knick-knacks
11.) You just can’t resist jumping in a sand pile
12.) You know all the street games (Patintero, Agawan-base, Langit-lupa,etc.)
13.) You owned a family computer
14.) Your hand-to-eye coordination is terrific due to family computer
15.) You’d rather go outdoors in the afternoon than play family computer
16.) You gleefully boast that games today are so easy because of the character’s life bar (remember when we used to play Mario? we died the minute a goomba hit us)
17.) You know this code by heart: UP-UP-DOWN-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-B-A-B-A-START (select-start for 2 players)
18.) You owned a superhero costume (especially a superman costume)
19.) For the girls: You dressed up like Punky Brewster, Madonna, and Debbie Gibson; For the boys: You dressed up like David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider, David Bowie, or had Clarke Kent’s little bangs. And now you think that the 80’s had the suckiest dress sense.
20.) You had a denim jacket
21.) You had a sticker book especially that Age of Dinosaurs sticker book.
22.) You were addicted to rainbow brite, care bears, my little pony,thundercats, bioman, voltes v, mazinger z, daimos, etc.
23.) You played pc games like tapper, moonbugs, alley cat, and prince of persia.
24.) Ms Word did not exist in your vocabulary but Wordstar did!
25.) You love 80’s music even if you don’t want to admit it.
26.) You’ve climbed up mango trees to catch salagubang, tie a sting around its neck, and let it fly around in frenzy
27.) You’ve spent hours in the afternoon catching tutubi…yellow-green was the easiest to catch, blue being finicky, & red being a rare breed
28.) You used to take Flintstones vitamins (which you didn’t mind ‘cause it was yummy) and Scott’s liver oil
29.) You know the cartoon show Beverly Hills Teens
30.) You know Kuya Bodgie from Batibot
31.) You watch Uncle Bob’s Lucky Seven Club
32.) You used AQUA NET to fashion ur 4-inch-high bangs.
33.) Your blouses had paddings.
34.) You owned wide-studded colorful belts.
35.) You watched some of your favorite shows on betamax or even UHF 17 (the channel from Clark Air Base - or was it Subic?)
36.) You collected and “swapped” perfumed stationeries with your classmates and friends, but followed the unwritten rule that you never write on them.
37.) The only place you go to for summer vacation is BAGUIO!
38.) On that note, camp john hay served BEST ice cream
39.) Most of us were brought to the EDSA revolution
40.) You remember what Ricky Martin used to look like back then
41.) When you think that Julie Vega is a better actress that Judy Ann
42.) You get confused playing playstation because of all the buttons on the keypad (nintendo only had the direction pad, a & b buttons and the start & select keys )
43.) You know all the Bagets and Ninja Kids
44.) You got to ride the train ride at greenhills shopping center
45.) Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were the players at the time
46.) When you know more 80’s music than the song “Buttercup”
47.) You were allowed to bathe in the rain
48.) You were taught to comb your hair one-sided
49.) You’ve collected matangpusa and mongo beans so you can have ammunition for sumpit
50.) You knew who madam bola and sitsiritsit and alibangbang was.
51.) Every Christmas you anticipate going to BIG Bang sa Alabang - with the giant slide.
52.) You know the Ewoks
53.) You had Mighty Kid shoes and Greg shoes.
54.) You know what Time Space Warp means (and you know who Fuma Lae-Ar is)
55.) You and your barkada had a specific Bioman name.
56.) You sucked all the nectar from the santan plant hence your mother got really pissed at you for destroying the santan plant.
57.) You played with marbles and text (yung cards ha!!!) And you count cards like this: I-SA, DALA-WA, TAT-LO, A-PAT… walo na iyon!
58.) For girls: You wore denim miniskirts with rubber shoes; For guys: You had those bitin na pantalon which you wore with high-top rubber shoes!
59.) You loved cheezels and chicakdees because of the great prizes it had (remember sticky hands, bear popups, and the stick on tattoos which were “banned” due to drugs daw?)
60.) Puffy cone still existed!!!
61.) Sosy ka if you bought a Magnolia drumstick
62.) Twin Popsies were meant to be shared with a friend.
63.) Ice Drop was the cheapest treat.
64.) You have those disney bow biters for your rubber shoes
65.) You know who Alf is.
66.) You’re familiar with the show “Perfect Strangers”.
67.) Idol mo si McGyver.
68.) Thats Entertainment” ang “the bomb” nung mga panahon na yun.
69.) Sikat ka kapag alam mo ang wordstar at lotus 1,2,3
70.) Six digits lang ang telephone number niyo dati.
71.) Tatlong 25 cents lang eh makakatawag ka na sa pay-phone.
72.) Cute pa si Aiza non sa Eat Bulaga.
73.) Si Amado Pineda pa ang nagbabalita ng panahon
74.) You drank Chocolate milk from the Magnolia glass bottle which you kept for holding water in your ref.
75.) Brown Cow tasted better than Hersheys!
76.) Shake Rattle and Roll 1 was the most horrifying movie for you then.
77.) The most comfortable shoes for you is still Sperry Topsiders.
78.) Dress shoes mo eh loafers pa rin.
79.) The best movies of all time are pretty in pink, breakfast club,16 candles. and some kind of wonderful
80.) You show off your pencil case which have hidden compartments that pop out at the press of a button…
81.) You have Bensia pencils which are refillable…
82.) Fiesta carnival was the place to be (kumbaga enchanted kingdom sya ng 90’s)
83.) Takot kang mag-year 2000 ksi baka magunaw ang mundo.
84.) Masarap ang Goya and Serg’s.
85.) Nakakasakay ka pa sa kotseng walang aircon.
86.) You know the lyrics ng “Tinapang Bangus” at “Alagang-alaga namin si Puti” ng Batibot.
87.) You know these commercials:

a. YCBIKINIBRIEF - remember this one? Ycbikinibrief / ycbikinibrief ycbikinibrief for the man who packs a wallop / YC had fashion / YC has
style…
b. RA Homevision - those guys from cash and carry makati couldn’t have done it better. Sports. Adventure. Cartoons. Award Winners and More.
Featuring the voice talent of Frankie Evangelista. I will never forget the creepy hand at the start of the ad. Parang ET na nasa spaceship!
c. Arthur’s Legaspi Towers - nuff said.
d. La Germania Mama Mia commercials - ditto

88.) Bumibili ka ng caramel candy, texas or bazooka bubblegum, tira-tira
at tootsie roll sa tindahan
89.) Naabutan mo pa na korteng flower ang singko
90.) You’re familiar with this song: si nena ay bata pa, kaya ang sabi
niya ay um-ah-um-ah-ah.

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