Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

Who is Gertrude of Arabia?

HAVE YOU heard of Gertrude of Arabia? We’ve probably all heard of Lawrence, but Gertrude? I’m not surprised if you haven’t heard of her because I also did not know anything about her until recently.

She’s supposed to be  the woman who literally invented Iraq. How’s that? Read more

“The Machine”

“The Machine”

THIS IS one bad ass computer, capable of calculating 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second. W.O.W!

Talking of extremes! Do you comprehend how big 640TB of data is?  A terabyte is of course 1,000 GB. If you have trouble visualizing how big 640 TB is, then don’t even attempt to contemplate one billionth of a second.

If this ever goes commercial, it can revolutionize computing.

And I’m surprised that HP is behind it. I’ve never been shy in admitting that I am not a big fan of HP, but this “machine” may very well change that.

Read the full story in IFLScience.

Featured Image credit: HP/Engadget

XOXO

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I found and grabbed this image from a much-shared post on Facebook many months ago.

It is a trivia from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

It gives a historical origin on why the letter “X,” particularly when used in documents or correspondences, is taken to mean “kiss.”

I didn’t know that.

I do know that X means kiss, but didn’t know when, where, or how it started.

What I am aware of is that most young people actually know that X means “kiss” from “XOXO” which means hugs and kisses, where X = kiss and O = hug.

X in this case, however, has a more contemporary etymology. X and O from a bird’s eye view look like 2 people kissing and hugging, respectively, in the pop culture of emoticons.

If you come to think of it, this trivial fact casts an entirely different light on XXX, don’t you think so?

XOXO

Orange or Yellow?

Is it just me or the building in the photo is really painted yellow and not orange?
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I snapped a photo of this apartelle-building along Sucat road (somewhere Multinational Village and SM Sucat) in Parañaque City.

A closer look will show that the building’s name is ORANGE APARTELLE (encircled in red in the photo).

That is what got my attention.

I guess it is perfectly okay to name a building ORANGE even if it is not painted orange. I mean an unpainted building or one that is painted with normal – make that neutral – colors like white, gray, beige, or even cream or brown can be named ORANGE without inviting controversy. But BRIGHT YELLOW for a building named ORANGE? Unless of course if its some sort of a gimmick to draw attention to itself. Perhaps that explains it.

Then again, maybe I’m the only one who thinks that the building is painted orange but in reality it is really painted yellow. Is it?

Metal Sculpture Depicting History of Philippine Logistics

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THIS METAL sculpture rightfully belongs to a museum. It was made by one of Philippines’ national artists (note to self: find out who exactly is the national artist who did this masterpiece). It also depicts and symbolizes the beginnings and the history of the country’s logistics industry, a sector instrumental in the advancements of the country’s commerce and trade.

In the meantime his artistic masterpiece hangs by the wall in the staircase of the headquarters of Delbros Group in Parañaque City.

The biggest lechon I’ve ever seen!

HOLY COW! No, it is actually a pig and not a cow.
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Whoa! That’s a big one, isn’t it?

I was amazed when I saw it in a friend’s Facebook update. At first I really thought it was a small cow. But a closer look revealed that it is, in fact, a big pig.

Roasted pigs or lechon are commonly medium-sized. And then of course, there’s the premium lechon de leche or roasted young pig. But huge roasted pigs are virtually unheard of.

Photos courtesy of Liezel Gerada, who celebrated her birthday at London beach (somewhere in or near GenSan in Mindanao) in November with this huge roasted pig as one of her handa.

Do you remember 35mm Slide Photography?

I UNEARTHED these 35mm slides from my boxes of junks at home. I never really realized how many of these I accumulated and I am now amazed that I have lots of them – maybe a couple of hundreds.

I no longer have a 35mm projector so I had to squint through each slide against the light bulb on the ceiling. I was pleased to see that almost all of them are still in very good condition.

I remember that I experimented with 35mm film when I acquired my very first SLR camera – a Canon EOS100 SLR – during my “tour of duty” in Bangkok as an Analyst-Programmer of IBM. 35mms are also known as “positives” as opposed to the “negatives” from the regular films.

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Christmas is in the… skyscrapers

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THIS IS not a particularly good photo if I must say so. However, considering that I took it with just my iPhone camera through my car’s windshield while driving on top of the Buendia flyover… I’d say it is not half as bad after all.

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How to make a perfect Facebook cover page and profile photo

FOR ALL the Facebook addicts out there, here are the secret measurements to making  your perfect Facebook cover page and profile photo.

I got this from this cool article: The Ultimate, Complete, and Final Social Media Cheat Sheet

If you want to make a career out of your Facebook account, you better check out this website as it offers more precious Facebook secrets and much more.

Who has a drinking problem?

Those of you who have a drinking problem, stand up (if you can) to be recognized. This blog post is dedicated to you. Cheers!

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DID you know that humans are not the only animals with a drinking problem?

Photo Credit: telegraph.co.uk

In fact, for one particular animal drinking is an inherent and life-long problem.

I am referring, of course. to the Giraffe.

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