Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quotations I love

Can't find a topic worth blogging about. In the meantime, here are some quotes I love.

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. - Dave Barry

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it - Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers! - Homer J. Simpson

Bart, with $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things like...love! - Homer J. Simpson

NASA spent 8 years and $12 billion developing a pen that could write in space. It needed to be able to work in zero gravity, at a range of temperatures, and be able to write on any surface. The Russians used a pencil. - Anonymous comic

After a time, you may find that "having" is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as "wanting." It is not logical, but it is often true. - Spock, stardate 3372.7

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. - Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

Monday, March 13, 2006


Here's another conversation I had with someone from chat...

antonette> hi
Ritsard> hi
antonette> asl mo pls
Ritsard> why po?
antonette> y d ba pwd malaman?
Ritsard> y kailangan ba malaman?
antonette> cge nevermind

Lets not dwell on the fact that I'm a nasty sonofabitch when it comes to chatting. I'm not going to apologize for my behavior (I still get a kick from being rude in chat). I was minding my own business when "antonette" started bugging me. I even lost some hands in lastcallpoker.com while she was bugging me.

Anyway, I hated the fact that people like "antonette" feel entitled to the information she was asking... as if I am bound to answer her. I get the impression that people in today's society have gone "soft" from living a very comfortable life. They grew up believing that everything is there for the taking. They didnt have to go up a guava tree to get a snack like our grandparents, they just have to open the fridge. They didnt have to go to the library to do research, they just have to go online. They didnt have to explain why they needed my ASL (age/sex/location for the uninitiated), they just have to ask.

here's another string...

cute19> hi
Ritsard> hi
cute19> asl
Ritsard> why po?
cute19> 18f cebu
cute19> you
Ritsard> why?
cute19> nothing
Ritsard> ok
cute19> ok
cute19> how old are oyu
cute19> you
Ritsard> why?
cute19> im just asking
cute19> ano kaba
cute19> hindi kaba nakaintindi ng ask ko sayo
cute19> ang hirap mo ka talk
Ritsard> alam ko na nag aask ka
cute19> yep
Ritsard> ang tanong ko, bakit mo kailangan malaman
Ritsard> why?
cute19> bakit hindi ka sumasagot
Ritsard> obligasyon ko bang sumagot?
cute19> dahil yun ang question ko sayo
Ritsard> bakit?
cute19> ang hirap mo kausap bye now


Saturday, March 11, 2006


How do I tell a friend that said friend is about to make a mistake without hurting said friend's feelings, without alienating aforementioned friend, without becoming the bad guy in the process? What are the the limits of civility? At what point can one say that you've done enough to counsel a friend and its time to stop and let that friend decide based on the person's own set of beliefs and values?

As friends, isn't our role limited to just supporing our friends regardless 0f whatever decisions they make? But what if a friend is about to go off a cliff? Are we just allowed to stand by and support and cheer for the friend as he/she hurtles into space, accelerating at 9.81 meters per second per second,for an inevitable crash? Are we just allowed to get the ambulace ready afterwards?

Aren't we allowed to hit the friend on the head with a hypothetical newspaper?... make said friend stop and smell the coffee... nail said friend's feet to the ground to prevent him/her from leaping in the first place?

What should a friend do?

Man! This is gonna take more than a cup of caramel macciatto and a few hours of counselling to figure out.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Life Lessons From Texas Hold `Em Poker (part 1)

Life lessons from Texas Hold`em Poker

Know your opponents - In life, you have to know the people you are dealing with. Know their "tells", study their moves, know when they are ernest and when they are bluffing.

Be consistent - In poker, you have to be consistent in order not to show your own tells.

Dont expect to win with the river - dont expect too much, dont expect to win the lotto. Make decisions (to fold or not) based what you have (your own cards)

Know when to fold - life is unfair, you must know how to cut your losses. Know when to fight; know when to run to fight again another day.

Dont be greedy - even when you've got a good hand, bet or raise modestly.

Three 2's beat two aces every time - sometimes, the little things add up... better stock up on the small things that matter rather than wish for big things that you will discard sooner or later anyway.

When you get lucky, dont brag - people hate lucky people who brag.

Stack your chips in order - neatness counts

Money is just a way of keeping score - `nuff said.

In poker as in life, be like a duck - calm above water even if you're paddling like crazy beneath.

Even when you lose, you get to eat the nachos - your friends will give you some for sure.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Go Figure

From msnbc.com..

PITTSBURGH - A man and woman were cited Friday in connection with a bizarre incident that resulted in a fake penis being microwaved at a convenience store last week.

Leslye Creighton, 41, of Wilkinsburg and Vincent Bostic, 31, of Pittsburgh were both cited for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in the Feb. 23 incident at the Get Go! gasoline and convenience store in McKeesport, about 10 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Bostic had filled a fake penis with his urine that Creighton, a friend, planned to use to pass a drug test she was taking to get a job, Police Chief Joseph Pero said.

Creighton asked a store clerk to microwave the device so the urine inside would be body-temperature and fool those giving the drug test, Pero said.

Police still aren't sure why Creighton chose to use a device that mimics the male sex organ to pass her drug test.

The total amount of Human Intelligence in the universe is constant; the population is expanding.. Go figure!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pet Peeve of the Week

I hate those gaddamed scooters.... and mountain bikes too.

I used to drive every morning through Antipolo via Sumulong Highway (thankfully, I only have to do it once a week nowadays) and would often get annoyed by reckless scooter riders. They weave in and out of regular (meaning car) traffic like knitting needles. They don't use signal lights so one has to guess where they will turn to next. Worse, the often remove their side view mirrors to make their rides "pimped up" or cooler but sacrificing safety. Imagine the scenario... you're driving and encounter a scooter going the same direction on a zigzag road... the scooter rider cannot see you without a pair of side mirrors. He swerves to the left and into your lane. Recipe for disaster.

Once i saw a melee along Marcos Highway. An ambulance was parked beside the island. Lots of people uzi-ing about. A scooter can be seen scattered into many small pieces on the highway. Turns out there was an accident involving a scooter rider. The ambulance wasnt going anywhere fast because there was no need to - a lifeless mass of human flesh is skewered to a small tree on the highway island.

There are scooter gangs infesting the roads on weekends complete with Hell's Angels type leather jackets. They create traffic mess wherever they go. Can you imagine all that precious gasoline wasted on such joyriding activities?

It is enough to make me want to buy an SUV and run over every scooter that decides to block my way... If only they can decriminalize murder...