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Personal Politics

There’s something about Imee

The drone of politicians’ voices in the TV set near my work station was interrupted Friday night by the grating voice of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imee Marcos answering a GMA 7 reporter’s question on who she thinks should lead the country.

Imee, acting like a teenager being asked to divulge which F4 member she had the biggest crush on, said “Swanie.” My high school clique would have described the way she answered the question as “pa-demure.” Imee later said she was “Susan-powered.”

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Highlights Journalism Personal Work

Saved from a headline disaster

Last week I handled a page containing the story of how policemen were able to arrest a rape suspect after identifying him through documents found in a wallet he dropped at the crime scene.

I laid out the page and wrote this headline for the story:

Dropped wallet leads
cops to rape suspect

It was a good thing that our copy chief, Noel “Raskolnik the Lover Boy” Villaflor, has a sharp eye and a dirty mind. He immediately spotted the double meaning and we couldn’t stop laughing at the headline.

Still haven’t spotted the double meaning? Treat rape as a verb and suspect as the object of the action. Noel rewrote the headline to read:

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Blogs Internet Personal

Changing the chat box

After trying out four tag board and chat scripts last night, I finally decided on using txtShout, a PHP tagboard and shoutbox system.

TxtShout is fairly easy to install and it doesnít need a database. The script shares the code used by my previous chatbox, Cbox.

Cbox, unlike txtShout, is remotely hosted. This means that the script connects to a server in order to retrieve the messages and store new ones. This arrangement has its advantages — for one you donít need to install any script, you just have to copy a piece of code and then paste this into your blogís template. But when the server is down, your chat box doesnít get displayed and loading is slowed because your website is trying to repeatedly retrieve data from the inaccessible server.

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Blogs Internet Personal

Opening a site in less than a day

This is my fourth and final blog address. I started blogging last year when I wrote an article for Sun.Star Cybercafe on how you can build your own site using only free services and open source programs and script. Before I wrote the tutorial, I tested and installed Pivotlog, Nucleus CMS, Blog:CMs and Serendipity — thatís why the site is named the Cybercafe Experiments.

I hosted the site on a free 100MB PHP and MySQL account from 100Webspace. After the article was published, I decided to continue posting entries on the blog.

Later, I transferred the Cybercafe Experiments to one of the Sun.Star servers, using Serendipity as a blog engine. I tried to upgrade the site and botched the process because I forgot the password I used to connect to the database. I started a new Cybercafe Experiments blog, still hosted in the Sun.Star servers, and made sure I listed the settings and kept the paper in a safe place.

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Personal

Blog holiday

I haven’t been posting much. Deadlines for various tasks are crushing me.

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Highlights LifeHacks Personal planner

Throw away those index cards, use your own wiki page

Do you still organize your notes using index cards? I used to do this in college and I’d have a bunch of cards for each subject I took. I can’t recall using index cards regularly for my reporting. I did use the cards for at least one special report I wrote for The Freeman.

Through the years of using the computer, my handwriting has worsened (talk about using it or losing it — I do 98 percent of my writing on computers). Sometimes I’d even have a hard time reading what I just wrote hours earlier. I’m also a slob when it comes to keeping notes. I’d lose notebooks or pieces of paper on which I’d jot down ideas, websites I need to check and tasks I need to do. When I do manage to keep a notebook or a paper, though, my two sons would eventually find it and write or draw things on it.

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Installing a WordPress-powered site

I was finally able to install WordPress for a site I help manage – PFMCPI — The Philippine Federation of Married Catholic Priests, Inc. The site used to run on a Serendipity installation. I think Serendipity is the better blog script. My previous Cybercafe Experiments site used Serendipity. In PFMCPI’s case, however, WordPress seemed the better option. It’s posting through mail facility and recent posts plugin are easy to set up. Posting through mail is important for mobile phone blogging. This also allows married priests to post articles to the site using an interface they are already familiar with — their mail software.

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Personal

World’s best paper airplane

I’m fascinated with paper airplanes. I grew up in Lantana in Polomolok, South Cotabato, a place with wide open spaces. In summers I’d use to go to our subdivision’s plaza, located near a pineapple plantation, and fly these planes. Once I bought a styrofoam model flown by launching it using a slingshot. I’d spend hours tinkering with it and attaching flaps to control its flight path.

Finding this site on paper airplanes brought my childhood enthusiasm back. I tried it out but gave up after a few steps. My wife finished the job for me. The plane did fly well and was stable even on a windy day. Here’s the result:

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