Close encounter of a different kind

If you looked up the Cebu sky last night, you’d have the crap scared out of you. At least seven balls of light were clearly visible in a linear formation (if you squint hard enough and connect the dots, it could be the Grim Reaper’s scythe.) The lights were stationary and stayed visible for minutes.

Text messages were being sent around, asking people to look up the sky. I ran to our office’s canteen and saw the lights for myself. It was eerie and beautiful. (Click on the photo to view the larger image.) Across the street, people were stopping to look at it. I couldn’t make out their faces, whether they showed awe or fear or fascination.

Pity the policemen

It seems having sex during anti-prostitution raids is a sacrifice for them. Chief Insp. Romeo Perigo of the Cebu Provincial Police Office says so. Provincial Prosecutor Jane Petralba, however, says police should stop having sex in anti-prostitution raids because they are “not only exposing their butts, but also (themselves) to criminal case for having sex […]

Fatal song

Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona warned judges over the weekend not to sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in karaoke bars. The song has been blamed for a lot of karaoke-related killings in the Philippines. Corona made the statement when asked to comment on the suggestion of arming judges after the recent killing of Pasay […]

Bringing down the government, a CIA manual

I found this interesting link, via del.icio.us, to a photoset in Flickr purported to be reproductions of a Central Intelligence Agency booklet distributed as part of a campaign to destabilize the Nicaraguan government and economic system. I don’t know if the booklet is authentic or one of those hoaxes that get passed around but it […]

Deferred success my gluteus maximus

An association of teachers had considered a proposal to use “deferred success” as euphemism for “fail.”

According to the Global Language Monitor: “The Professional Association of Teachers in the UK considered a proposal to replace any notion of failure with deferred success in order to bolster studentsí self-esteem.”

Among the euphemisms spotted this year are: misguided criminals for terrorist (used by the BBC); thought shower or word shower for brainstorm so as not to offend those with brain disorders; womyn for women; and Happy Holidays and Seasonís Greetings in place of Christmas greetings containing the word Christmas.

Cafe chain pushes censorship body for Philippine Internet

Please excuse me while I puke.

Netopia, according to this Inq7.net article, is “urging” the government to create a censorship body to monitor the local Internet infrastructure. An official of the Internet cafe chain says the body “will operate similarly to the Movies Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and provide guidelines for the compliance of Internet service providers.”

Netopia President Raymond Ricafort told Inq7.net: “The government can discourage users from visiting indecent web sites in the same manner that they discourage adult films.”

Mr. Ricafort, if the government will discourage us from visiting sites in the same manner that they have been labeling certain films as “for adults only” then we’re fucked. And how, in Torquemada’s name, can you impose “decency” in the local Web infrastructure? By playing Big Brother and monitoring the traffic? How will you “prevent pornographic materials from being distributed through local ISPs?”

Weasley clock for muggles

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, you’d be familiar with the wall clock used by the Weasley family. It doesn’t tell the time but location of members of the Weasley family. I don’t know how true this report is but Gizmodo quotes a report from phoneyworld.com that researchers are working on a […]

No wonder the traffic lights went crazy

Seven employees of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) were fired on Thursday on suspicion that they sabotaged the city’s traffic system. The traffic lights in the city went crazy last week, Sun.Star Cebu reports. The “traffic lights changed simultaneously. For example, vehicles at all four ends of an intersection would get a go […]