transverse!

This is actually the past. In the present, you used a time machine to come back to this point in time and correct a mistake you did. Unfortunately, your memory of events from this point to the present was erased in the process.

Month: April, 2009

Self Illumination: mental ray material

More or less, this image says it all.

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Hand of God?

A spinning star resembling a giant cosmic hand has been captured in images taken by a Nasa observatory orbiting miles above the Earth’s surface.

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The giant hand appears in this space pictures

The Chandra X-ray Observatory pictured the star, which measures 12 miles across, about 17,000 light years from Earth.

The star, unromantically known as PSR B1509-58, spews energy out into the space around it, forming complicated patterns including one resembling a large hand complete with finger-like structures.

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And here’s my version of  hand of God

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photo courtesy of google earth

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Whatcha think?

doodles

capture

big belly dancer

Sa kweba ko, at ease ang mga tao, gaya nito:

Eto naman, mga tambay na taxi driver sa isang mall. Ewan ko kung sinong nagturo ng tagalog dito.

Warning, for adults only 🙂

Was Jesus a real person?

BORN IDENTITY:

Was Jesus a real person?

Did Jesus Christ really exist, or is Christianity built upon a legend? Few scholars question Jesus’ existence, but some enemies of Christianity are attempting to prove otherwise.

In a lawsuit against the Vatican, the Church was accused of inventing the story of Jesus’ existence. Although the case was thrown out of court in February, 2006, the plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, appealed, but ultimately his case was closed.

The argument against Jesus’ existence was made public on CNN TV when Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, declared:

“The reality is there is not one shred of secular evidence there ever was a Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ and Christianity is a modern religion. And Jesus Christ is a compilation from other gods: Osiris, Mithras, who had the same origins, the same death as the mythological Jesus Christ.” – Ellen Johnson, atheist

Johnson and a blue-ribbon panel of religious leaders were discussing the question, “What happens after we die?” on a Larry King Live CNN broadcast. The usually unflappable King paused reflectively and then replied, “So you don’t believe there was a Jesus Christ?”

With an air of certainty, Johnson responded, “There was not. It is not what I believe; there is no secular evidence that JC, Jesus Christ, ever existed.”

King had no follow-up and went to a commercial break. No discussion of any evidence for or against Jesus’ existence was forthcoming. The international television audience was left wondering.1

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Michelle Obama Breaks Royal Protocol Thursday, Apr 2 2009

After only one meeting, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama seems to have made such a good impression on Queen Elizabeth II. So much so, she was given a pass when she broke royal protocol. queen-michelle-obama

After the initial meeting with the Queen, President and Mrs. Obama went to an evening reception at Buckingham Palace for world leaders attending the G-20 summit.

During the reception, the First Lady had a chance to chat with the British monarch. At one point, the Queen put her arm around Michelle Obama’s waist.

In return, Mrs. Obama – nearly a foot taller – put her arm around Queen Elizabeth’s shoulders.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the Queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary.

“It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection,” he said. “We don’t issue instructions on not touching the Queen.”

According to eyewitnesses, the exchange occurred as the Queen was waiting in the Throne Room following the official group picture with the national leaders for the G-20 Summit.

One said, ”There was a bit of a bottleneck as all of the leaders filed out so the Queen started chatting to Michelle Obama. She appeared to look up at her and make a comment about how tall she was.

“As she did, she put her arm around Mrs Obama and rested her gloved hand on the small of her back.”

Almost simultaneously, Mrs Obama put her arm around the Queen’s shoulders rather more firmly.

‘The pair then looked at their feet and appeared to be discussing their shoes.

“The Queen then dropped her arm and, a few seconds later, Michelle did the same. The entire exchange lasted around eight to ten seconds but was absolutely extraordinary.”

The last time anyone put their arms around Her Majesty was in 1992. The then Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating, was called the “Lizard of Oz” by the tabloids for doing so.

The Servant is a Master

from The Manila Times

Friday, April 03, 2009

EDITORIAL

Let’s hear it from ‘Louisa’

Hong Kong journalist Chip Tsao has angered Filipinos for writing in his column that the Philippines is “a nation of servants” and warning his domestic help “Louisa,” in a dressing-down, that Filipinos in HK risk losing their jobs because of the Philippine claim to the Spratly Islands. Here is “Louisa’s” version of that meeting.

On the afternoon of March 22, my employer Chip Tsao summoned me from a friend’s house. It was my day off so I thought he wanted to scold me for the spoiled Thousand Island salad dressing I served by mistake the previous night. Instead, he lectured me about the Spratlys Islands.

I knew about the Spratlys (I have a degree in international politics) but I told him I had nothing to do with the Philippine claim to the scattered rocks. But he was very angry and said I had to be concerned because Filipino domestic “assistants” like me had a stake in the Spratly dispute. Ngek, I asked myself, bakit ako nasangkot sa Scarborough Shoal?

He said Filipinos are ingrates because Hong Kong eased our unemployment problem by hiring more than 130,000 domestics and here we are making pakialam sa Spratlys. The “entirety” of the Spratlys belongs to China, he said, sounding like a Beijing foreign ministry spokesman.

My boss warned me that if war broke out between the Philippines and China, he and his friends will have to send me and other DHs to Manila. What will happen to the RP economy? he asked me. Patay, I told myself.

As he continued, Mr. Tsao put up a map on the wall for emphasis, but I noticed he was pointing at the Pacific Ocean, not the China Sea.

What surprised me was his statement that the Philippines “has just claimed” sovereignty over the Spratlys when in truth we have conducted flag ceremonies on Kalayaan Island nung panahon pa ni Admiral Cloma.

He said he could live with the Russians killing Chinese seamen because they’re ideological brothers, after all. The Japanese could plant a flag on Diaoyu Island but that’s no big problem because the Hong Kong Chinese love karaoke and Hello Kitty. But Filipinos going to war with China over a few hundred islets? What contribution have Filipinos made to civilization to dare challenge a great nation?

“As a nation of servants,” he glowered, “you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.”

I asked Mr. Tsao if I could speak. He nodded.

First, I thanked him for admitting that Filipinas were underpaid in HK. “Cheap labor,” he called us. Napangiwi siya.

Second, I thanked him for acknowledging that I work, like many DHs, 16 hours a day. Unpaid pa ang overtime. He squirmed.

Finally, I reminded him it was a Sunday, my day off, and he should not have called for me except in an emergency. At this, he started to apologize.

I told him that if all servants quit their jobs, the two-income household will collapse. HK’s economy will suffer. One of the two breadwinners will have to stay at home or hire an expensive replacement. They will have to forgo vacations and leisure time. Filipinos raise their children, keep their homes running and protect their property. Tapos, ang tingin sa amin ay alipin lang!

Mr. Tsao said he did not realize he was that inconsiderate. He promised he was going to treat me better. But he was furious about the Philippine claim to the Spratlys although he conceded the OFWs had nothing to do with it. He promised extra pay for ruining my day off.

Before leaving, he asked me what would make a good topic for his next column. I have given him ideas for his column before, plus suggestions about his style and language. “Hmmm,” I said, “why not write about China being viewed as an underdeveloped nation despite its economic and military clout?”

He pushed me out of the room.

(Mr. Tsao, however, still wrote about our meeting. He probably ran out of ideas.)