Classroom fun


[Note: The original images were lost after a few webhosting upgrades. I came across replacement but lower quality pictures.]

A little imagination goes a long way in a classroom. I got this in my mail so Im posting it here. 🙂


thunder punch, akuma, fatality

I miss the wacky school days but wackiness does not end when you leave the halls of your alma mater. 🙂


I never was a good teacher…

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Experience is a hard teacher. And I think I am one of her students who idolizes her way of teaching.

I am never going to be a good teacher. I just dont have the gift. I may be good in some things that I do but that is just about it. I always experience difficulty in conveying my message across and that frustrates not only the student but myself as well.

I have always believed that books only give you theories and principles that you will forget the moment you put the book away. I am a staunch believer that a lesson learned through hands-on experience stays longer on the learner’s memory and has fast recall because it has other memories associated with it.

Warning to those who know me, never make me your teacher, mentor or tutor. I would gladly answer questions but dont expect that I will give you easy answers. I also dislike repetitive questions especially if the person asking did not exert any effort to learn, or if they only exerted the barest minimum. Knowledge should be for everyone, but it is not a package that you will wait to arrive at your doorstep. Like all good things, it is something that we need to strive for in order to experience its wonders.

Don’t learn through me, I am a sorry excuse of an example. Learn with me so that we will both enjoy the journey for I too am yearning for knowledge, no matter how useless they may seem at this time. 🙂


Am strikes back

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Once you have it you will never lose it.

Sounds good to be true, but I wish it was not the case with amoebiasis. That is what you get for drinking water from unknown sources, especially in the rural areas. It has been more than ten years and still I am afflicted with this burden. I thought my digestive system was already normal since I don’t get to experience LBM often (I attribute that to the lessening of the frequency that I eat at fast food since I got married) but now it seems that my digestive system needs to adjust to the Finn food sphere, and especially with my cooking.

Good thing I brought two mats of the ever trusty polymagma. I just hope it would work sooner. My bottom is already hurting from the frequent trips. 🙁


Not so fantastic

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Arvin, Francis and me watched the Fantastic 4 movie last night. The fantastic movie is not so fantastic, at least to me. The fact that I am a geek and know most Marvel superheroes might have been a factor. I still like the treatment of Batman begins over this ‘origin’ film of the Fantastic 4. This is supposed to be the first of a series, and hopefully the action and cinema magic will be better on the next round.

One thing I would give credit is that they have stayed (mostly) true to the comics.


Bath dilemma: Soap or Scrub?


This has been plaguing me on and off during the past few years. Since childhood I was instructed that when taking a bath, it is proper to scrub first before soaping. I thought it made sense because you are removing the grime first before applying the cleansing properties of whatever soap you are using.

Until I read a health column discussing the action made by the soap. The writer (a dermatologist, if I remember it correctly) discussed that what soap do is basically dissolve the oily cover of the grime so it could be washed more easily by water. This is the reason why water alone is not enough to cleanse our skin. If we follow that logic, then wouldnt it make more sense to soap our body first to breakdown these oily shields then scrub afterwards?

Or soap first, then scrub, then soap again. The downside is you are wasting too much water in the process. 🙁

But then again, some people dont even take a bath daily. While some just dont have that privilege.


Lamb kaldereta: food fit for royalty?

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My freezer was tapped out yesterday thus I went to S-Market last night after office to do some grocery. I was originally planning to cook Sarciadong (insert -available-fish) and pick up some liempo parts for the remaining gabi (taro) in the ref (sinigang in two consecutive weeks, definitely not appetizing). However I chance upon some packaged lamb cuts (or bones) that were on sale. Imagine that its priced at 2.68 euros for a 0.68kg pack. Compare that to a similar pork package (all lean meat, what is a Filipino going to do with that?) priced at 4+ euros and you know what I picked. The kuripot in me is hard to suppress. 😀

Anyway, I had Lamb Kaldereta for my lunch baon. Ang SOSI! It is still not healthy since I used a cooking mix to prepare it but what the heck. What do you want an inpatriate do under these circumstances? 🙁

Oh, by the way, the reason why the lamb was so cheap is that its packaging best before date is only up to today. :twisted-grin:

Its not a health issue because its going to be ‘good’ tomorrow, until $DEITY knows when. I doubt if it will even stretch until tomorrow’s lunch since its going to be my dinner.


Laptop rant and things to do

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I just bought the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo pro V7010 and the initial glee of acquiring it is getting eroded by some frustrations i have with it.

good points:

  • it has built-in wireless card. i dont have any use for it and its going to be an energy guzzler but the one on the site does not have it on their specs.
  • windows installer has an english option (i thought it will be purely Finnish, and that would make working with windows more painful).

bad experiences:

  • repartitioning the harddrive to prepare it for dual booting was painful. the customized recovery disc insisted on having a 40GB-10GB scheme, and its a 60GB HDD!!! I dont know what happened but it got reversed during my successive attempts.
  • I got re-acquainted with windows installation. it never ceases to amaze me that until now microsoft has not yet perfected the art of showing the ETC. i had to stare at the installation screens for two hours for something that was supposed to take only 57 minutes. and when did 17 come after 33 (when you are counting down backwards)?
  • since I use the laptop mostly for my masteral requirements, having the laptop constantly plugged was workable. but when i tried playing a couple of 3d games (worms3d and neverwinternights), the whole thing locks up and a hard reset is needed.
  • MdvLE2005 is installed now but for the life of me it cannot connect to the internet. The Internet service that I got is a DHCP type service and everything works in WinXP but I cant figure out why Mandriva cant get a usable IP address. I know it can connect to the server because when I enabled ‘replace hostanme from server’ (or something like that), my laptop’s hostname changes everytime i boot.
  • cpu throttling does not work in WinXP (it might be WinXP’s fault). cpufreqd fails to start in Mandriva.

Well that pretty much covers my 1 week usage of the laptop. My spare time is severely sparse, but here are the things to do…

  • make internet work in mandriva (or else install a different distro)
    -> use dhcp-client to get new IP address
  • disable wireless both in windows and in linux (no need currently as it just drains battery at this point)
  • test NeverWinter Nights in Linux. if its still faulty, contact Fujitsu.

The 3d graphics card issue is the main killer here. What is the sense of having a graphics accelerator card in a system if it will cause the system to halt if used? This is not the ‘German’ engineering that I was expecting…

– the problem is that the games are using too much memory than what is allocated to the card (32MB). I maxed it to 128MB and the game went on smoothly. Even 64MB works. 🙂

– dhcp-client did the trick of getting an ip address _everytime_.

Posting now from MDVLE2005. wooohoooo…

no updates on the other items though…


Resurrecting the blog…

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I have decided to restart this blog at least for the remainder of my stay out of the country. This should help me keep my sanity for a little longer and provide me with some shouting space that I could link from somewhere…