I had a dream

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I had a dream and it was special.

It was about killing snakes in the bedroom/storeroom in our house in the province…
It was about a large snake that transformed into a human being when I killed it…
It was about me putting the snakes in a bag and taking them to school…
It was about me missing a major exam that I am not aware of, in college, and administered by my high school language teacher…
It was about me failing to answer anything since they were taking off the questions written in sheets of Manila paper as I am about to answer them…
It was about snakes that I assumed to be dead but are miraculously alive…
It was about finding out that even if snakes are dead, they have tiny eggs in them that succeeds in producing new snakes that takes an unbelievable short time to hatch and mature…
It was about killing these new snakes and trying to flush them down the 3rd floor men’s bathroom in the UST College of Science building…
It was about snakes that were maturing to constrictor-size beasts while I was trying to flush down small snakes on the toilet…
It was about me having enough and realizing it was a dream and woke myself up.

Now how many of you have ever had a dream wherein you realize its only a dream and could wake yourself up by just willing it?

Google: my favorite evil empire

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Like most tech-oriented people, I love Google (the browser and the company) since they always bring innovative ways on how we do things and also a fresh non-corporate-like corporate approach on things (sounds like an oxymoron 😀 ).

GMail really hooked me up because they had a few nifty features when they started and they kept on adding new features as time goes along. This is the reason why I am still reeling from feature-withdrawal symptoms since the company I work for black-listed it in favor of so-called security (its a BS7799 thing). I still get to check my GMail account every once in a while but the recent feature addition is *gasp* adding a delete button directly on the mail listing *gasp* . Previously users had to access the delete functionality from a dropdown box. This was because GMail does not want people to delete mails but rather classify and save them. This is not an altruistic goal on the part of GMail since it helps Google serve really targeted advertisements in the non-obtrusive way that Google knows best. 🙂

Well everybody familiar with the tech scene knows that Google is building up to be a big corporation similar to Microsoft. The only difference is most geeks love Google as much as they love bashing Microsoft. I said most because there are others who bash Google the same way they bash any corporations. To these people, corporations is automatically synanymous to evil! They say that Google is amassing too much clout in swaying how people shoudl think and act.

What really made me laugh was the sequence of comic strips featured in userfriendly.org regarding the “delete” button in GMail. It started with this strip which culminated for this week with this strip. There might be a continuation tomorrow since it is only Friday here but I won’t see it until I return to the office on Monday.

Gotta love the comment from the poor web developer from Y**oo! 😀

ciao!

Viper adrenaline

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Last friday we found a snake in one of the chairs in our dinner table. It was on the seat of the chair where minutes ago I took the towel that I hang there every morning to dry. It was a pencil-thin snake that was about 2-3 feet long.

I didn’t know that snakes could *jump* as well as slither with such blinding speed. After an hour of cautious hide-and-seek I was able to corner it and kill it. My nature tells me to do otherwise but being not sure if it was poisonous or not, I had to err on the side of caution and end its life.

We got home at around 11:00PM and we only got to sleep at around 1:30AM. It was such an adrenaline rush that Neth and I couldn’t sleep even if we wanted to.

Something worth telling infront of friends enjoying a keg of beer. 😀

ciao!

Tidy XML configuration for PSPad

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Working in Windows in inevitable but that does not mean that I am without the good things that the Free Software (FLOSS or otherwise) has to offer.

My previous text editor of choice was UltraEdit but not all of my project has license for it so I started to look for “worthy alternatives”. The closest alternative that I found and currently use is PsPad which has most of the functionalities offered by UltraEdit, and then some.

Since my work brings me into contact with a lot of XML-type of content, the built-in tidy support is very useful especially if I want to do comparison (but I use WinMerge for that). Below is my configuration for XML pretty-print:

[TiDy Fix XML indent]
input-xml:yes
indent-attributes:yes
break-before-br:no
doctype:AUTO
fix-bad-comments:yes
indent:yes
indent-spaces:4
markup:yes
output-xml:yes
quiet:yes
tidy-mark:no
uppercase-attributes:no
uppercase-tags:no
wrap:100
wrap-attributes:yes
write-back:yes

F/LOSS life is sweet. 🙂

ciao!

The deadly way

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[Note] this post contains a sample of my morbid humor. dont take everything seriously, people get crazy that way. 😀

For the past couple of years it has been a pseudo-habit for my father and my brothers to go on a drinking bout every new year. One perennial topic is the most dangerous song in the land: Frank Sinatra’s My Way.

I find it funny that this crooner ballad has frequently grazed the news when items pertaining to deaths associated with bar/sing-along/videoke deaths. My father has rationalize that because it is easy to sing (minus hitting the correct notes) and famous many people naturally select it if they want to perform in a live audience. Most of the time even if a person has just sung it you will find that the next person holding the microphone will be doing his “own rendition” of the song. This is bad especially if the latest singer has a better rendition and the last one has a short fuse and already had enough alcohol to not think straight. It is a great recipe for disaster (unless you own a nearby funeral home).

With that in mind plus some alcohol to boot, I think I have a perfect hare-brained scheme for instant money, unfortunately it requires you being dead 😀 . Death via suicide is not covered by all insurance companies. However if you get killed by another hand then the insurance policy sticks. All a person dead-set (pun not intended) on leaving this world early but ensuring his loved ones’ welfare needs to do is to get an insurance contract, hang out on videoke bars (the cheaper the better) serving liquors, and keep on belting My Way. It is not fool-proof since that person might just end beaten up. 🙂

I know I will get flak for posting this but readers have already been warned. I dont expect people to take this post seriously, and if suiciders do then adding me to your beneficiaries’ list is thank you enough. 😀

ciao!

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