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After such big feat of creating Facebook, you’d think he ended everything there. Nuh-uh. He became an actor. He’s got a movie coming up, too. Here’s my proof!

Dang, he looks hot in this one.

See? 😀

No, not really. Haha. I’m not that stupid to mistake that guy as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the our academic distraction, Facebook. But he does have a movie coming up. You’ll never guess what the movie title is. Heard of The Social Network?

The reel deal. Seem similar? (read: the hair)

Yeah. I know. At least they had the decency not to make the title a bit like “The Facebook Effect”, or something. By the way, the Zuckerberg-look-a-like is no other than Jesse Eisenberg, who also starred in Adventureland and Zombieland. Weird. Maybe he has a problem with real estate or something. 😀 But enough of that. Jesse’s going online now.

Oh yes, you don't.

Here’s a synopsis from http://www.mtv.com:

The remarkable story behind Facebook comes to the big screen with this Columbia Pictures production scripted by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac). The year was 2003. Computer programming wizard Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) was a Harvard undergrad when he laid the foundation for a social networking website that would revolutionize the way we communicate. Six years later the ambitious entrepreneur made his first million — but that was just the beginning. Despite all of Zuckerberg’s wealth and success, his personal life began to suffer as he became marred in legal disputes, and discovered that many of the 500 million people he had friended during his rise to the top were eager to see him fall.

Justin Timberlake co-stars as Napster co-creator Sean Parker, with Andrew Garfield filling the role of ousted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The Social Network is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Honestly, I’ve been kind of expecting this kind of development, only it’s not a book turned into a movie (though it sort of is), it’s a phenomenon. Hollywood has acknowledged the viral x-factor in Facebook that made it such a revolutionary instrument in today’s modern communication techniques. I mean, without it, they wouldn’t be able to penetrate the circles of online fans  by making accessible fan pages and groups. This NSM tool gave them the advantage of making fans feel that they are closer to their idol actors and actresses, without spending way too much.

I’m not going to discuss the movie. It is what it is: a depiction of what Zuckerberg went through to reach the top. Very beneficial for people who want to make money by making websites. Not very good for us users due to over-saturation (refer to “About three things I’m positive about” blog post). I can already foresee the action sequences and passionate lines that may or may not have been said in boring real life. I simply wanted to make you aware that Facebook has infiltrated the movie industry. They should pay me for the promotion.

I won’t be surprised if Twitter will step up next. Imagine, they actually have to get a blue bird and make it tweet every 5 minutes.

To my OrCom batchmates, let’s watch the movie as a commemoration of our being part of the Facebook generation (and the culmination of our comm blogs!). On October 1. Yes, please? 🙂

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This is featured in You Tube right now:

This video/interview triggered me to look back on a few things and a few memories. Sesame Street (obviously), Batibot, Sineskwela… A few shows wherein the most violent thing that could happen would be the mascot tripping on his own feet. To trigger a few memories from you as well, look at this:

Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing! I missed you!

And this.

Tayo na sa Sineskwela, tuklasin natin ang siensya!

I find it simply amazing. To think that these shows existed when we were just 4 or 5 years old. And yet, they are still present in the media stream. Well, not exactly the shows. Maybe we could attribute their continued presence due to the fact that some schools still use the VHS now turned VCD/DVD copies of these shows, especially the educational ones, for the elementary students to watch.

They’re upping themselves too, you know. They have Facebook fan pages! And Batibot is coming back to town on TV5! Weee! 😀 Apparently, our childhood things and memories still won’t allow us to let go. They can still co-exist with the present times, just revamped to fit the new generation of children (who are more pilosopo, to be honest). And to keep up they also utilize the wonders of the Internet, NSM. They don’t just have impact in our memories. They now have digital footprints as well! 🙂

I may not be a kid anymore, but I'm still excited to see them on TV again. Sigh.

The use of the Internet to re-plug themselves in the main stream media is a good move, compared to another use of NSM (refer to a previous blog post). Not only is it because this tool is so part of our daily lives right now, but also because the coming generation they are now going to cater to (yes, you li’l bro with an FB account) is well acquainted with it.

How do you reach out to your audience again? *waits for reply* That’s right! Know their habits. Make it a practice, and improve your methods to adapt to their needs and wants. In this case, they’ll be connecting more to kids who think cellphones are so overrated, and parents who want to cling to some shred of reality that they are still in control.

But, anyway. 🙂

As for me, I’m just finding one thought funny right now: The idea that I can finally be friends with my childhood idols Elmo and Big Bird. A dream come true!

Maybe they’ll let me visit them some time. On Sesame Street, of course. 😉

I’ve been married for 21 years, and I have 3 kids, all girls. My eldest just graduated from high school.  Want to meet each other and have an affair? Maybe have coffee or something. You don’t have to tell your husband. My treat. 🙂

Oooh. You infidel.

I kid you not.

There are websites that encourage couples, especially married ones, to have an extra marital affair. Or two. Maybe even three. Take for instance this one. But please, do not become a loyal, or even just a one-time customer. 😦 You cannot simply mistake this for any another dating site, what with that banner up there.

Married but still looking for some extra fun and excitement?

Hey, don’t mistake me for someone who visits these kinds of sites. I don’t even go to those dating sites “for the lonely”, etc. I stumbled across this when we debated about it, with the motion that TH would ban websites that encourage/promote having extra marital affairs.

Yeah, if only it was this way instead.

On the onset, I am simply horrified. I get that somewhere in this world and the cyber one are some site makers that are really out of ideas. But seriously, this?? 😦

On the other hand, if this kind of website exists, with the rules of economics, if there’s supply, then there must be demand. It probably came out of necessity, just like the term “coprophilia.” Or they had really smart site creators that know the statistics of people who want to have affairs is enough to create millions out of it.

But STILL. What happened to the beauty of monogamy?

Entering these sites and interacting with other unsatisfied is understandable up to some point. Maybe love is lost. Maybe you felt it it’s going nowhere. Maybe your partner is even cheating on you as well. It’s always a matter of choice. The decision is always yours.

And yet, it makes you think: is new social media really living up to its name of involving all social aspects, even the societally unaccepted ones? Sad that you’re looking for love online when the one you’ve promised to cherish and to hold is right within your reach. And yet you’re not doing anything to at least fix the relationship (if this is your scenario, that is).

Honey, I'm (right) here. ILY. Wait, I got mail...

If this is how NSM would be, turning our society by further twisting principles to fit the market’s desires and making them into the new norms, I’d prefer cutting off myself from the online community. Except Facebook maybe.

Probably the saddest truth is that, regardless of the means, infidelity, affairs and third parties will always be there. The methods just changed and maybe things got a bit more efficient. In the end, only one thing stands in the way of keeping the beauty and sanctity of a marriage or a relationship.

It’s your choice, John Doe. Always has and always will be.

My beloved, 10-year-old brother, the reason that I am studying hard to later on start working hard, the adorable little being that God gave as an answer to my prayers to have a younger sibling…

My Dad and my li'l bro, Lawrence Patrick. My loves. ❤

… has a Facebook account.

Of course, with that came a Yahoo! email account.

My little brother, who always asks me what this thing means or how life came to be, already has an account in Facebook, for quite some time already, and he DIDN’T EVEN INVITE ME AS A FRIEND!

Ugh. That is so sad. But it is truly shocking as well. I suppose this is because of the fact that my mindset has been limited in the sense that I see my brother’s generation as one that is more focused on playing online games than actually wanting to interact online. With this, I ask the question: What the heck could be the purpose of Facebook to a 10-year-old?

Maybe something between these lines?

WALL POST:

Lawrence: “Grabe and hirap ng Mathematics IV natin kanina. Grabe yung fractions no?”

Random classmate: “Onga! Akalin mo, yung 1/3 iba pala sa ¾!? Akala ko rin talaga yung ½ tsaka 2/4 magkaiba e.”

Lawrence: “Bobo mo kasi. Wag ka kasing naglalaro ng Ben 10 habang may klase!”

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I’m sorry if I seem so mean, and even immature by actually typing those, but this event has been an eye-opener. Gone are the days when I thought that it was weird if my parents ever joined Facebook (Hi Mama. 🙂 God doesn’t have Internet up there… Does He? :-O).

I’m such an exclusioner, aren’t I? Thinking that my kid of a brother doesn’t have the right to have a Facebook account. Of course, this isn’t really the case. Any age could use Facebook, any SNS, or the Internet for that matter. That is where their marketing comes from. I suppose this is where we see how a social networking site is a tool or an instrument for the specific circles invoked by the individual user.

Find one, join all.

It wasn’t made just for people with sporadic status-making tendencies, or people with severe liking syndromes, or beings who prefer commenting sprees *cough* blog comments please *cough*. Funnily enough, those things that I’ve mentioned only came to light as “habits” when Facebook came. Even funnier is that I’ve realized that maybe my brother made that FB account for the games. Sigh. But this still doesn’t justify why he didn’t add me in his ‘Friends’ list (I’m his only older sister, for pete’s sake!).

Up next: He plans to have a Twitter account. Hoo boy. Following time. A means of checking up on him? Most possibly. Coz my li’l boy is growing up fast. 🙂

As Britney Spears sang it, we all have things that we hide, things that other people never thought we would be. Secrets. In that one word, it evokes something from you. A thought that can either be pleasant or unpleasant. Mostly the latter.

We all have the tendency to hide. The tendency to shirk away from the idea of talking about our secrets and sharing them with others, let alone think about them. But as another quote says (which I remember was mentioned by Mr. Weasley in HP Movie 5 — Hello, Movie 7! :-)), “Truth will out.” Unless you’re that good at keeping it, of course. Or you don’t get bothered by the fact that you inadvertently were the reason why someone died or something. Theoretical scenario, of course.

However, if you feel that you can’t just go on with life without letting at least one person know about whatever devastating clandestine fact you have tucked away in your heart and mind, or if you can’t bear it that you just want to let it out, scream it, just this one time… Believe or not, the Internet has a solution for you.

Such an easy step: just post your secret here.

Pooled secrets, yet each are unique.

As you can see, it’s a very literal site. Literary and creative. According to Wikipedia,

The simple concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before.

The site, which started as an experiment on Blogspot, was updated every Sunday with 10 new secrets, all of which share a relatively constant style, giving the artists who participate some guidelines on how their secrets should be represented. It recently began posting approximately 20 new pieces each Sunday after a week when Warren mysteriously did not post any new secrets for one week.

It was founded between January 1 2005 – 2007 by Frank Warren, who for me is one brilliant human being that enabled a freedom that cannot be experienced justly through other means.

Frank Warren. The man who showed you could (post secrets).

Honestly, when I first discovered this site, I was a tad scandalized. The first secret I saw posted was of a naked woman, and a secret with something between the lines of “rape” and “avenge.” I was in 2nd year that time, and I wasn’t even 18. But when I started going back to the site (don’t get any ideas), I realized the variety of thoughts these people had, and yet they are able to find people who could relate to and understand them. The comments section allowed efficient responses, especially to those who really needed them. Like this moving secret:

I surely hope whoever sent this didn't do so. 😦

This postcard sparked a movement right on Post Secret. There was a flood of post cards and comments that told the sender, “Please don’t jump!” At first, for any apathetic person, it’s just another being who wants to get the spotlight a.k.a. KSP. But have you ever thought of that person who lives far away, in the middle of a city full of people yet feeling so alone? Everyday he/she passes by the Golden Gate, looks down on the dark waters and contemplates death?

If anything, I thank Post Secret for showing me that there are people out there who have their own dirty laundry, but they still have the courage to admit these even though it’s through a clandestine, beautifully-crafted post card. No matter how weird, scary, or angsty these things might be.

Thank you, online world, for providing us our privacy (still, regardless of the privacy issues right now) and allowing us to voice ourselves and making us realize that in this Earth full of 6.6 billion people (and counting), we can make a change in another person’s life, or be changed by the concern of others.

At times, I’ve thought of sending one. But there’s still the hesitation that my art won’t be as good as theirs, or that people will mock me when they realize that secret was mine. 😦 One day, I just might step up.

Would you care to try? Let me know.

Secretly. 😉

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