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Haircut and icon magazine

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A week ago I went and got myself a haircut because my hair was getting too long that it tickled me in the ears. I went to the nearest hair salon/barber shop near Paseo Arcenas.

There was only one guy doing all the hair work, and he was still dyeing some lady’s hair, so I had to wait. After a while, I got bored and so I dug around the old magazines near the waiting area. The stack included some celebrity magazines, beauty magazines and, probably because the store was operated by a gay man, an issue of Icon magazine. Anyway, I didn’t get to read any of them because the hairdresser was finished with the lady and I was up next.

As I was having my hair trimmed, I noticed that the two old men behind me in the waiting area were rummaging the magazine piles too. Then they found the Icon magazine at the top of the pile, and picked it up to read it.

For those of you who don’t know, Icon magazine is one of Philippines’ gay magazines, and my eyes went wide when the the two old men picked up the issue and perused it. These were 60 something, honest, salt-of-the-earth heterosexual old folks, and they didn’t know what it was.

Googled "icon magazine", came up with the exact same issue that was in the barbershop.

They even having a conversation about it, trying to analyze the pictures. They discussed in serious tones too: “Mao ni ganahan sa mga babae ron?” “Ah, gahubo na jud o.

And all the while I was stifling laughter from my chair. The hairdresser probably thinks I’m crazy.

Does this hair look like what hairdressers give to girls when they want a "boy cut"?

So that was how I got my haircut. I have to say, I’m not impressed with the new hair. I’ll just let it grow back in a couple of months.

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November 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

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That fateful day at NAIA,

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for the record, I really didn’t like how Delima blocked Arroyo without firm legal grounds, but this was just too funny.

feel free to share, repost, or steal. :)

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November 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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Living without predestination

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Different people have different beliefs about destiny. Some people believe that the universe moves along the stream of time under a plan, an intelligently crafted plan usually authored by a sentient agent, which gives the assurance that it all works out for the best. These people believe in destiny. Some people think that, regardless of the existence of a “sentient designer” or not, the laws of the universe pre-direct its course as it passes across time. One event inevitably and inexorably causes another from the big bang to the ultimate heat death. These people too, believe in a mechanical, physicsy sort of destiny.

Destiny, either by grand design or determinism of physical phenomena. Photo from Sandman: Endless Nights

Then there are the people who believe that there is an element of randomness in the universe, that each cause may give rise to multiple possible effects which are chosen at random within the constraints of each effect’s probability. To these people, the world decides what happens next by probability, chance, and nature’s changing course untrimm’d, and they don’t believe in destiny.

There are many variations in between these three, and maybe there are people who haven’t really thought about the destiny question yet, but these are basically the three major pieces of the pie.

Anyway, I’m rambling on about destiny because today (or sometime ago to you) somebody asked me about destiny, I forgot exactly what the question was. The answer that followed is the shorter gist of what I’m gonna talk about here. I was actually surprised with my own answer, as it just sort of coagulated right in front of my mind from bits of ideas I already had. So here it is.

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November 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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07B and being tickled by an infant

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There was this thing that happened to me today as I was coming home on a 07B. I don’t know when I’ll post this but I’ve written this on Nov 9, immediately after I got home from said ride.

I took the 07B on the Jollibee in Guadalupe, and I sat near the front of the jeep. I noticed as I sat that the person on the other side of the jeep was a UPian, an acquaintance called Jason who was friends with my sister. We said hi and made a little small talk, but that was it.

Then, disaster struck.

The jeep was pretty packed, siksikan, and woman on my left was carrying her baby. Suddenly, her baby’s arm slipped under the arm she was carrying it with, and it now stuck out between me and her, brushing up against my side.

Those who know me from school know that I am the lord of all ticklish people. Even the mere threat of tickling is enough to tickle me, so you can imagine the turmoil I was in as the baby’s arm kept wriggling on my side. I squirmed in my seat, tried to use my hand to block the baby arm, and I can only imagine what my face looked like to Jason and the other people in the jeep as tried not to grin in gargalesthesia (laugh-out-loud tickle reaction).

Fortunately, after a while, some people left the jeep, so I could move away from the dreaded tickle-appendage. However, for the rest of the ride, I had to look outside the window in shame from all the grinning and squirming.

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November 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

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The problem with 2-ply tissues

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November 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

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Bioluminescence

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You people should snorkel at sea by night.

Last month I got to go as an observer and trainee with the Philippine Seahorse Foundation, which is a daughter NGO of the international Project Seahorse. They are a marine research and conservation org which focuses on the Danajon Reef (the double-barrier reef in the gray area) between Cebu, Bohol and Leyte.

Anyway, they were doing a seahorse survey, which had to be done by night, so we had to snorkel on the shallow part of the shelf in the darkness, with petromax lamps and waterproof flashlights as our light source. In the sea at night, that’s where the magic happens.

Some species of dinoflagellates, a type of photosynthetic plankton, have a curious way of defending themselves. When they are disturbed in the dark by the sudden motion of, for example, a predator trying to eat them, they emit a brief glow of light, which flashes for just a few seconds. This makes the plankton-eating animal’s own predators aware of where it is, an alarm system that recruits the dinoflagellate’s enemy’s enemies to the plankton’s aid.

There are innumerable dinoflagellates in the water, and so when you swim and flap around, the water glows in bioluminescence. The effect is quite spectacular. Whenever you wave your hands underwater, it leaves a wake of tiny pinpricks of bluish light, like stars that briefly shine in the water. It’s fantastic, spectacular, otherworldly. Like something that happens in a disney movie.

I got to snorkel there and I also got to paddle a small boat. Imagine paddling in water that glows. That’s why you people should try snorkeling at the night, so you can see the living starlight of the sea.

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Here’s a video of somebody diving into bioluminescent water. This water has quite a large population of algae though, so it’s much brighter than the one I dived in.

For the biology-inclined, here’s a video and journal article about the mechanism for the production of light.

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November 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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It’s tough being a pizza boy…

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November 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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