Monday, June 30, 2008

Forget about schoolbags

Perhaps this is what your "schoolchild" needs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How global is the Filipino?

They're everywhere. "How far afield?", you might ask. I guess you'll just need to check out Friendster or Multiply to figure that out.

Now if you're still unsure, perhaps you may want to consider's approach to show how Pinoys/Pinays globally connect to one another. Simply add your Filipino event at their site.

Another Social Network Site? The "About us" tells us the following:

"Jonno Alcaro is the CEO of With over 26 years behind him in the financial securities industry, specializing in the marketing of services, he is also former co-owner, Director and EVP of Sold to SBC and BellSouth in November 2004, consistently received over 8 million visitors to its site each month at the time of its sale.

His wife, Nanette de Dios Alcaro, is the President. She has 20 years experience in the deluxe hotel business in Manila and the U.S., having worked with The Peninsula NY, Plaza Athenee NY and Hotel Bel-Air LA as the Director of Sales and Marketing.

They have over 45 combined years of marketing expertise in the U.S., worldwide and online. Together they have created the business and marketing model behind"

So there, not exactly Friendstery nor Multiplyish, but it could get the job done. So what's happening in your Filipino corner of the world?

Monday, June 23, 2008

This is really about safety

... seriously, let your child "play with fire".

You got to hand it to Gever Tulley.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

IBM "enjoins" companies to hire Netgenners

Thus reports It goes: "Companies must prepare to accommodate and learn to adapt to a new generation of workers that rely heavily on the Internet, according to a top IBM executive."

More here.

Somehow it seems like schools/universities need to play a major role in this "injunction".

But what if teachers are afraid of technology? 64 million dollar question ...

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Oil spike!"

This was a simulation in 2007.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

"Net Gen Nonsense"

I'd like to refrain from taking sides. Nonetheless, some people are getting some good SEO-driven attention. See for yourself in this search result.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

In praise of Social Networks

Big Blue seems to be officially riding the wave, in Asia - that is, especially when more and more people in this part of the world are seeing the viral nature of SNS (Think: Thriller video in a Cebu prison, or a jilted lover ranting over unpaid "cash advances"

Here's an excerpt from
"PHUKET, Thailand--Social networks such as Facebook have not only revolutionized the way people communicate over the Web but are also seen as useful to businesses."

IBM's David Barnes tells us more in the video.

Friday, June 06, 2008

You Can Actually Autogenerate Blog Entries!?

aka "How to blog without really trying."

I was doing research on ePortfolios, so I ran a search of the keywords [Yuvienco Helen Barrett] hoping to see some linkback/trackback. Then I found this , a post from Iphigeniaolegfea’s Weblog. True enough, Yuvienco was there, along with some random words that appear to have been extracted from some pieces of work I've been doing. But nothing in Iphigeniaolegfea's post seemed to make human sense.

So there. Is that at all related to SEO? Don't ask me, but I'm not exactly endorsing "robotic blogging".

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Coming to a car show near you

So what's on the announcement block lately? Ok, I am told that Honda launches VCM 643.

Then it got me wondering what kind of novelty it has to offer. After firing my handy dandy search engine, I discovered that a certain Rodiron620 had recently posted something about the history of VCM:

"Honda first introduced VCM back in 2003 when it was available on the JDM Honda Inspire. So the system now has 5 years of history and a lot of testing and real world mileage. As much as we want to call it new technology, it has been around the block as far as Honda is concerned. There is even a Wikipedia entry for Honda Variable Cylinder Management...."
"In addition to low fuel consumption, the VCM engine also reduces exhaust emissions, helping meet govt Ultra-Low Emissions and 2010 fuel consumption standards, making it eligible for preferential 'Green Tax' treatment. The engine achieves this by combining high-density catalytic converters located directly below each cylinder head for further improved exhaust gas processing at low engine temperatures with better air/fuel ratio control.

VCM continuously analyzes throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine speed, and gearing to determine that the car is cruising, and then idles the intake and exhaust valves of the three cylinders in the rear cylinder bank. With zero valve lift, the cylinders are sealed, and no fuel is injected. Pumping losses are thus reduced by as much as 65% and low fuel consumption is realized.

When operating in 3-cylinder mode, engine vibration is reduced by extrapolating vibration from the change in crankshaft rotation speed and sending the information to the 'active control' engine mount, which compresses/extends an actuator in same-phase, same-period motion to dampen the engine mount. Similarly, a speaker creates an opposite phase sound or 'active noise control', to provide a cancelling effect, for a quieter interior which leaves the driver unaware of changes in cylinder activation."
The stats below should give us another perspective.

Just don't know how it feels to the driver when activation/deactivation kicks in. Perhaps I could use a day to test drive a VCM 643-powered Honda? (Hint, hint.)
I didn't even know ...

you could annotate and add links to your YouTube videos.

"So check it out."

Thanks Tris for showing me the "first interactive video on YouTube." (Sorry, embed disabled)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Google Docs and Database

aka combining spreadsheet and forms