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Posted on 2007.02.12 at 16:42
Nasa www.missingpoints.com na ako. Balik na lang kayo sa LJ kung magkatotoo ang pinakaaabangang "personal blog" ko. :)

new, improved

Posted on 2007.01.19 at 15:05
www.missingpoints.com on Blogger will be my main blog starting now.

Inspired by...

Posted on 2007.01.17 at 16:20
... Indiana Jones and Lara Croft? Heck, more like ripped-off from.

Caught the premiere of Robin Padilla's "Asian Treasures" and wondered how long it will take for someone to sue them for copyright infringement.

The concept of adventurers gathering asian treasures is fine. Having the female lead as a spoiled rich girl with a bad boy for a bodyguard is a bit cliched but can still work. Dressing them up as Indy and Lara (even Angel's wetsuit is silver-gray) crosses over from being slightly derivative to totally copied.

What's sad is that there are so many original ideas out there, usually in comicbook form. Darna and Captain Barbell is nice but there is a lot of new stuff out there just begging to be filmed. Budgette Tan's "Trese" would make a great TV series (provided they followed the British model and made a series of only 12 episodes) combining mystery, horror, and pinoy pop culture. Think "Buffy" meets the "X-Files" set in Malate. Tobie Abad's "Diliman" is another cool urban fantasy deal that knows its sources and tries to come up with something original.

Of course the creators may not want to part with their pet projects just yet. Money notwithstanding, the idea of the work being bastardized and dumbed-down may just be too much for some writers. "Zsa-zsa Zaturrnah" is probably the exception.

Teach a man to fish...

Posted on 2007.01.09 at 18:32
... and you feed him for a lifetime. Give him instant noodles, and you don't have to teach him anything.

The inventor of instant noodles has died, which is surprising since we never thought that it was invented by a single person. Unlike, say, the steam engine or the light bulb, instant noodles have always given the impression that they were the product of industrial design, a team effort. Oh well, you learn something new everyday. The New York Times has a wonderful editorial (registration required).

Is a little moro-moro too much to ask for?

Posted on 2007.01.03 at 12:32
The least they could’ve done was look apologetic and outraged.

The government could’ve made it look like their hands were tied by the Visiting Forces Agreement and that the country would stand to lose more if we didn’t give in. If they had any savvy at all they would spin it so that the US government looked every bit like the rapist coddlers that they are.

But no, we’ve learned long ago not to expect brilliant political and PR moves from the likes of Raul Gonzales and Ignacio Bunye.

Ten years ago right-minded people were protesting the VFA. It wasn’t the military exercises per se that worried the majority; it was the sheer lopsidedness of the agreement. Among the questionable provisions which we tried to call attention to is the very same one they’re invoking now. Heck, it was our main emotional argument. We were trying to evoke “Minsan May Isang Gamu-gamo” with Nora Aunor screaming “Hindi baboy ang kapatid ko!”

Now it’s time to say we told you so.

It’s bad enough that realpolitik dictates we bend over backward, but do we have to look like we enjoy it, too? The Secretary of Justice could’ve released a statement (a prepared one, not the usual ones he pulls out of his ass) to the effect that the whole issue doesn’t serve the interests of justice but that his hands were tied. He would’ve gone down, at least in this issue, as someone who stood by the courts and gave a whit about justice.

Fine, they’re virtually powerless against the US (although many people would disagree). The least they could’ve done was to save face and make it appear like they understood the concepts of justice and national sovereignty and cared for their citizens. Kahit konting moro-moro man lang di ba?

Of course I don’t expect any of them to understand anything about saving face. Theirs are too thick for them to even feel anything.

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