Murder City: another ex-convict killed by vigilantes

Sun.Star Cebu‘s Page 1 today carries the phrase “Murder city” in large, bold letters to report on the 102nd victim of vigilante-style killings in Cebu City.

The latest victim, according to this Sun.Star Cebu report, was killed five meters from the gate of the Mobile Patrol Group office, where he was detained for drunkenness. A companion of the victim claimed that some policemen saw the shooting but did not do anything.

The victim was detained Sunday night after a neighbor complained that he was indiscriminately firing his gun while challenging “any member of the vigilante group.”


My other PC is a Mac, sort of

After reading the usual excellent piece by tech journalist Chin Wong “My other PC is a Mac,” I found this instruction on how to install Mac OS X natively on a PC. I showed the instructions to newsroom technical assistant Dongdong Ygay and a day or two later voila – he turned a Celeron 2.5 GHz on an Asus P4GE-MX motherboard with 256MB RAM into a Mac OS X machine:


After start-up, the Mac PC was able to detect our office’s local area network. When Dongdong entered the web proxy settings, the Mac PC was able to connect to the Internet without any hitches. Check the menage-a-trois of operating systems: the Mac OS X image was downloaded using a Windows PC, transferred into a new hard disk using an Ubuntu live CD and then the PC started its new life as a Mac OS X unit.

Personal Uncategorized Work

More experiments, a welcome assignment and NerdTV

I’m trying out Matt’s Asides. I’ll check it out first with my test blog and if I can make it work, I’ll implement it here. I’m also running the beta version of Open Office (version 2.0 beta 2). I used to run the stable version, 1.14. I installed Open Office 2.0 this afternoon.

I was asked to write for a special report in our paper on a topic I really like. I can’t disclose the assignment, the editors might kill me. For this assignment, I plan to use Backpack ( and ZiddlyWiki ( for my tasks lists and notes. I’ll then write about it here.

NerdTV‘s first episode is out – here’s PBS’ teaser on the episode: “Andy Hertzfeld, the original Macintosh systems programmer, talks about MacHistory and how he fell in love with Open Source software.” I’m still downloading the episode.


Darn Explorer, again

I changed themes early today – from the three-column version of Relaxation to the three-column TNO theme based on Kubrick. The theme is easy on the eyes. The only hitch is that the theme does not load properly in Internet Explorer. The sidebars are not properly rendered. I’ll stick with the theme for a week or so in the hope of finding a solution to the sidebar problem.

In the meantime, for site visitors using Internet Explorer, do consider downloading Firefox, not only does it render pages faster – it’s also a safer browser to use.

Highlights Uncategorized

Pantaleon Villegas, the man behind the mythical Leon Kilat

I have been using Leon Kilat as online identity for years now. I started using the pseudonym in 1999 but I have been fascinated by the story of Leon Kilat since 1998, when I was still with The Independent Post.

The Post put out a special edition for Independence Day 1998 – the centennial of Philippine Independence. The special edition, which took weeks in planning and research, was a contemporary account of the revolution in Cebu – as if The Independent Post was there to cover the events. The issue even carried ads and photos of scenes and people of that time.

It was during my research on events that I found accounts on the life of Pantaleon “Leon Kilat” Villegas, the leader of the revolution here in Cebu.


Free as in beer — really

A group of college students published under a Creative Commons license the recipe for a beer they brewed. The license allows anyone to use the recipe “for pleasure or profit.”

Here’s part of the Wired article on the news:

Their inspiration wasn’t just to get drunk, but to see what happens when an open-source structure is applied to a universally known product like beer.

“Why not take the legal framework, the open-source licenses, and apply them on analog products?” said Rasmus Nielsen, a member of Superflex, an art organization that helped create the beer in conjunction with a student group called Vores Øl (Our Beer).


In Chile they call it davilar

A Taiwan stock trader, according to a Reuters report posted in, “mistakenly bought $251 million worth of shares with a misstroke of her computer keyboard.”

The report said the company is looking at a paper loss of more than $12 million. The report said “the trader was unfamiliar with new computer systems and will be fired.”

The act might dislodge davilar (a verb) from the vocabulary of stock trades gone bad – really bad.

In 1994, Jan Pablo Davila of Chile, a former employee of the state-owned Codelco Company, was reported to have sent “buy” instructions through his computer when he meant “sell.”

According to this entry in Wikipedia: “He subsequently attempted to recoup his losses by making increasingly unprofitable trades that ultimately lost 0.5 percent of Chile’s gross national product. Davila’s relentless achievement inspired his countrymen to coin a new verb, ” davilar,” meaning “to botch things up royally.”


Rebuilding Real Madrid

With the end of the first module of my online course on online journalism, I’ve been able to finally play fixtures in my EASports Fifa 2005 career. I made Ajax of Amsterdam the Dutch League champion and Champions League winner. I’ve since transferred to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid, in real life and in the Fifa 2005 world, has a lot of world-class players (5-stars in Fifa 2005) and it shouldn’t have problems winning games except for its namby-pamby possession style of playing. In Fifa 2005, I changed Real Madrid’s formation to 4-1-2-1-2 (essentially a diamond midfield but replacing the defensive midfield with a center back.)