wave of nostalgia

06/29/06 at 4:54 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

I’m really thankful for the reaction my column piece “Nostalgia and new technology” has gotten.

Our Global Nation editor Sylvia Mayuga included the column piece as an article in the site’s Mind Feeds section, complete with a great pic of the double helix and a lyrical caption. Thanks Sylvia, I really appreciate it!

Meanwhile, ITJournoAsia.com, the trade site that brings together Asian tech journalists, IT companies and PR firms in this field, cited “Nostalgia and new technology” in its Epitome column. Thanks MediaConnect (the Singapore-based group behind ITJournoAsia.com), especially Tan Lili and Aaron Koh, for your continuing support.

Since the site is password-protected, I’m reprinting the Epitome piece here:

Epitome: Yesterday once more with a mouse click
By Tan Lili & Aaron Koh
29/06/2006 03:06:36 PM

“When I was young I’d listen to the radio, waiting for my favourite song…” – Yesterday Once More by Carpenters

Oh, scrap that. We have YouTube now, why waste time waiting for your favourite tune to play on your radio?

Joey Alarilla, for INQ7, penned an interesting column on how technological developments had helped us inch closer to the past than before.

“Think about it: before the Internet became commonplace, it was harder to access the past. If you were fascinated by a certain subject, or were a fan of a certain celebrity, you had to work harder in those days,” wrote Alarilla.

“Maybe you had clippings from various magazines and newspapers that had articles about your idol. Maybe you had lots of pics that you cut out from these publications or bought from sidewalk vendors. You had to be a huge fan of a celebrity to devote that much time and effort.

“Unlike today, when whatever our interests may be, whoever our idols are, we can more easily find information online — and link up to others who feel the same way. Just Google or check out Wikipedia, and you’re already off to a head start.”

Alarilla then wrote about Web 2.0 and noted the heavy interaction between friends and strangers through the Internet had “virtually eliminat[ed] the notion of time”.

“Common interests. Common idols. People interact. Lives intersect. And just as the Internet has broken down geographical distances, so too is it virtually eliminating the notion of time,” he wrote.

“I don’t just mean that technology saves us time and frees us from the tyranny of traditional schedules. I mean that it is slowly conditioning us to no longer think of time as linear, but as a series of hyperlinks.

“To me, cyberspace is becoming an eternal now. Chances are, however long ago something has happened, however obscure something might be, information about it has made its way to cyberspace, for others to find and contribute to in turn.”

Click here to read his column.

superman has returned

06/29/06 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

It’s not perfect, but “Superman Returns” was a great movie that satisfied the fanboy in me while raising interesting questions about what role, if any, a Superman can play in the modern world.

It’s hard to be a Superman fan. I’ve always liked the character, the concept, but I know that most people don’t find him as cool as Batman or heck, Wolverine. (In fact, my all-time favorite comic book character is Spider-Man — Supes only comes in second, heh). The main complaint against him is that he’s too boring and too powerful. A Boy Scout. A product of simpler times, a character who’s out of step with the modern world and a more sophisticated audience.

Whether you like the character or not, love “Superman Returns” or hate it, I think we have to consider how huge an accomplishment this movie was. Never mind the long and winding road that finally led to Superman’s return. The biggest challenge is getting a cynical public to actually care about a character like Superman.

Over the decades, what we’ve seen is a backlash against heroes. Many of us no longer believe in them. We’ve seen too many idols with clay feet, we’ve heard too many lies. The sad thing, however, is that we have forgotten the capacity to believe that people can be good.

Marvel humanized heroes, showing that they were far from perfect, but the appeal of a character like Spider-Man is that he strives to do the right thing even during the worst of times. It’s one thing to humanize heroes; it’s another, however, to turn them into vigilantes, anti-heroes or just plain psychos. But that’s precisely what happened to many of them when the public clamored for grim and gritty heroes.

Faced with a character like Superman, instead of awe some might react by trying to bring him down to our level, to show that he can’t possibly be better than we are, that, after all, the hero is a fraud. Or you might see him as truly alien, someone infinitely powerful, someone who cannot know the passions and frustrations of mere mortals, someone we can’t relate to because he is simply too perfect.

These interpretations of Superman and more have been portrayed over the decades. But the character endures. His is a myth that is known by people all over the world, whether they know him through comic books, animation, the movies, the Internet, or old TV shows. In that sense, Superman, more than Batman, more than Spider-Man, has transcended his comic book roots and maybe, just maybe, his American origin. In fact, you’ll notice that the movie mentions truth and justice, but not the American way.

This is not a knock against the US, and of course Superman is still clad in the colors of the American flag and retains the values he learned from growing up in a farm in a rural American town. But now, more than ever, Superman belongs to the world.

I’m conflicted about some of the decisions made with this movie, particularly the twist, but the aspects that struck me the most was that technology was now able to more satisfyingly depict on the big screen just how powerful Superman is, yet the same CGI magic (and the story, of course) was also able to show how vulnerable, how far from perfect this Man of Steel is. You also have to see how this movie depicts the way Superman flies — how effortless it is, in stark contrast to the aggressive manner in which previous Supermen rocketed to the sky. This Superman floats in an almost ethereal fashion — flying is as simple, as normal to him as walking.

I’d like to think of this movie as the end of one trilogy, as it’s supposed to be the sequel of “Superman: The Movie” and “Superman II.” I can’t wait to see where Bryan Singer takes Superman in the next movie.

In the 70s, the first Superman movie told us that we will believe a man can fly. In the Zeroes, we need to believe that not only can a man fly, but that this man can be a hero. That he is a hero not because of his powers, not just because he was born a hero and destined for this role, but because everyday he chooses to be a hero. He is here to save the world — even if in the end it might be a world that hates him and thinks it has already outgrown him.

Superman exists to make us believe that, one day, we too can take flight.

inq7 10 most-read columns from june 18-24

06/28/06 at 9:50 am | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

I was happy to find out that my @Play column piece “Of iPod killers and song slayers” made it to the “INQ7 10 most-read columns from June 18-24.”

Yup, somehow my piece broke into the top 10 at number 10. I was pleasantly surprised when our editor in chief JV Rufino told me this prior to posting the list, and I guess now that the list is officially online this is for real heh 🙂 Thanks, JV.

Here’s the complete list:

LISTED below are the 10 most-read columns on INQ7.net for the week of Jun 18 to 24, 2006, based on server traffic statistics.

1. Good girl with bad habits? (Dollywood, June 21, 2006)

2. Why Ai-Ai, Sarah fail as dramatic actresses (Viewfinder, June 20, 2006)

3. Meryl wears the ‘fashionista’ devil well (Only in Hollywood, June 23, 2006)

4. Marine top honcho’s resignation worrisome (On Target, June 22, 2006)

5. Robin Williams: World’s funniest dad? (Only in Hollywood, June 18, 2006)

6. The kiss of death to Villar’s presidential ambition (High Ground, June 19, 2006)

7. Engaging mix of fun and good sense (Viewfinder, June 19, 2006)

8. Searching for ‘singgang’ and ending up in Singapore (Country Cooking, June 21, 2006)

9. Oscar Larios can’t be flat, easy corned beef (Bare Eye, June 21, 2006)

10. Of iPod killers and song slayers (@Play, June 19, 2006)

Thanks to all the people who love technology and read the stuff I write. Hope you’ll keep supporting @Play.

“internet killed the video star”

06/27/06 at 10:39 am | Posted in Tech, Videos | 4 Comments

I posted this on my Nostalgic Trip blog but wanted to share it here too.

In 2000, the parody “Internet Killed the Video Star” from eStudio (by “The Broad Band,” LOL) was released. And yup, I firmly agree that TV networks — and traditional media as a whole, for that matter — will have to reinvent themselves in a world where videos are online and on-demand. “I want my MTV” is giving way to “I want my YouTube.”

The song’s hilarious, particularly the lines: “Gates didn’t like it/He didn’t own it.”

Check out Nostalgic Trip for more blasts from the past.

nostalgia and new technology

06/27/06 at 9:37 am | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | 5 Comments

Here’s an excerpt from my @Play column piece for INQ7 Infotech:

I DON’T know if it’s just a sign of age, but I find myself becoming even more nostalgic lately. And the funny thing about technology is that the more advanced it becomes, the more it makes us long for the content of yesteryears.

Think about it: before the Internet became commonplace, it was harder to access the past. If you were fascinated by a certain subject, or were a fan of a certain celebrity, you had to work harder in those days. Maybe you had clippings from various magazines and newspapers that had articles about your idol. Maybe you had lots of pics that you cut out from these publications or bought from sidewalk vendors. You had to be a huge fan of a celebrity to devote that much time and effort. Unlike today, when whatever our interests may be, whoever our idols are, we can more easily find information online — and link up to others who feel the same way. Just Google or check out Wikipedia, and you’re already off to a head start.

Read my column piece.

nostalgic trip

06/25/06 at 11:50 am | Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

I've started another WordPress blog called Nostalgic Trip.

Here's an excerpt from my first post there to explain what it's all about:

I remember years ago talking to PR practitioner Mel Dominguez and dotPH exec Emil Avancena about putting up a site like this.

It was back when Dominguez Marketing was still the PR firm of dotPH and I was still a smoker, so yup, this was way back when. I'd started reminiscing about different products and pop culture stuff from the 80s and even late 70s, and Mel, Emil and I found ourselves saying stuff like, "Remember Choco-Vim? Remember Fress Gusto?"

Visit Nostalgic Trip, and hope you could share your memories and memorabilia. 

alyssa alano reacts to “keys me” video

06/23/06 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Tech | 3 Comments

Sexy star Alyssa Alano appeared last night in the "Chika Minute" segment of GMA-7's "24 Oras" evening news program. You could view the streaming video here if you weren't able to see the segment last night.

Check out my CNET Asia blog entry.

latest amd dual-core processors arrive in RP

06/23/06 at 5:02 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

For the past few years, most people here have seen AMD chips as a cheaper alternative.

With the launch of the company's latest chips in the Philippines, however, AMD and its partners want to promote not only ther value products but also their high-performance processors.

Read my story in the old INQ7 Infotech section and the INQ7 Technology beta site

e-sports: why virtual warriors are real athletes

06/23/06 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Gaming, Sports | Leave a comment

Do you believe that one day the best PC and console gamers will gain the same kind of respect as real athletes?

I do.

Check out my CNET Asia tech blog to find out my hopes for Team Philippines in the World Cyber Games

mavs meltdown

06/21/06 at 5:42 pm | Posted in Personal, Sports | 4 Comments

So the nightmare became a reality, and the Dallas Mavericks blew a 2-0 lead in the finals by losing four straight games to the Miami Heat. Unbelievable.

I really thought the Mavs would make it all the way this year. I've been waiting for them to win a championship since the heady days of 2003 when they had the best offense in the NBA.

Ah well, no excuses. They lost to the better team. Or rather, the better man.

Damn you, Wade! Hehe 🙂

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