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:: Master ::

... has left the building.

:: Win-Win ::
I'm trying to gain weight. Simply bringing that thought up, I'm sure, will elicit some violent reactions. Yes, I am aware that millions of people are willing to spend an arm and a leg in the quest to lose weight. The countless books, diet programs, and exercise machines being sold today are testament to that. This, however, is precisely what the problem, my problem, is. Everybody else is focused on losing weight, so the skinny guy trying to pack on the pounds is left alone.

I've had enough of this, and I say it's time the skinny guy gets the support he needs. On top of this, I have a program that will also help overweight people eat less. It's a simple program with one basic principle: distribute resources according to need.

Simple, isn't it? If you want to gain weight, you need to eat more. Therefore, you need more food. To get more food, you need to spend more money. In order to spend more money, you need to have more money to spend. Ergo, we need more money.

Those who need to lose weight, need to eat less. In fact, they should eat less. Since they need less food, so they don't need to spend as much. Because they don't need to spend as much... well, I'm sure by now, you can see where I'm going.

The program will go like this: those who are trying to lose weight should subsidize the food expenses of those trying to gain weight. This way, both parties get closer to their goals.

So, watchathink?

:: Code ::
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."

I just read earlier that The Da Vinci Code was banned in Manila, and for some reason, that set me off. I never really understood what all the fuss about Code was all about, but I didn't particulary care anyway. Reading that short article got to me though.

Yes, I understand that it raises some questions about Catholicism, or Christianity in general. Some will even argue that the movie, or the book for that matter, is blasphemous. So what? Kevin Smith poked fun at the Church in Dogma, but I don't remember there being an uproar like what we have today. Then again, I don't think that movie hit the theaters here anyway. Give me enough time and I can probably cite several movies that feature ideas contrary to the teachings of the Church. I'm not too keen on doing that right now though.

One thing I will point out, however, is that regardless of what ideas these stories might put forth, they are all fiction, and therefore ok. They don't claim that vampires, ghosts, or zombies really exist - but they allow us to step into a world where they just might be real. They don't tell us to question our knowledge - but they ask us to open our minds to the possibilities that exist in other people's imaginations. They don't replace our world - but they allow us, at least temporarily, to escape into another reality, so to speak.

Code is not much different from these other stories. It doesn't pretend to a factual narrative. In fact, it stays well within the realm of fiction. If you can't differentiate fact from fiction, then you should seek professional help. Based on the worldwide reaction to the Dan Brown tale, psychiatrists the world over will have more on their plates than most of them can handle.

This brings me to the quote I started this entry with. I took that from the movie Men in Black. People collectively really are, for the most part, stupid. This confusion of fact and fiction is just one proof of that. The whole buzz about the novel, in my opinion, isn't due to the brilliance of the narrative, but due to the gullibility of people.

If that isn't clear, let me attempt to explain. If it is, then skip this paragraph. If you choose to read this paragraph, I warn you now - it could be long, and I apologize in advance. That being said, the enjoyment of a narrative is dependent on the suspension of one's disbelief. We as readers (or viewers) have to accept the "facts" presented in a story as plausible, at least within the contxt of the story being told. In the story of Goldilocks, for example, we have to accept the idea that bears use furniture, eat porridge, and sleep in beds - otherwise, we dismiss the story as total rubbish, and the whole narrative fails. In the case of Code, the "facts" about the Church presented by the author are there to push the story forward.

Some people have accepted the ideas presented in the novel pardon the pun, gospel truth. They have taken the assertions set forth in the novel and applied them to their own worlds. These same people, if they ever read the story of Goldilocks, might start leaving mattresses and bowls of porridge in the forest so the bears there might be more comfortable.

I admit, I've made some pretty bold statements here. I'm not apologizing for them. I am, however, admitting that I'm a bit sleepy. Actually, I'm quite sleepy. If I didn't really make much sense, I apologize. If I entertained you anyway, then you're welcome.

:: Lost at Sea ::
This week the sea tried to take me. Fortunately for me, the water in the area was pretty shallow - at no point did the water level get higher than my chest. The sea could not take me away - I was safe. Some other items on me, however, were not.

The first thing the sea took was a pair of sunglasses. They weren't mine, but they were in my pocket. I noticed they were missing while looking for a shallow spot to lay down and soak up some rays. A few minutes of searching brought them back to me. They were lying on the sand under 3 feet of water.

Having found some success with the sunglasses, the sea took another stab at pulling me, or something on me, back into the ocean. The second time around, the sea took a whistle clipped to the laces of my trunks. I don't know how it managed to untie the knot on the board shorts I was wearing - all I know is that I looked down and saw the laces dangling free. No whistle nor carabiner was attached. These I found some 20 yards away.

Having been foiled twice, the sea tried again. The third time, in this case, was a charm. I didn't notice it - not until it was too late. The sea had somehow taken me. I hit the showers before I realized that one of my dog tags had gone missing - probably lost at sea forever.

If anybody ever finds that tag where it came off, they will wonder how and idiot with my name managed to drown in 3 feet of water. If it gets pulled further away to sea, perhaps some divers will find it. If it washes up on shore, maybe it will bake under the sun until some kid picks it up. More likely, it will stay lost.

The sea didn't get my other toys, but it managed to get my name, date of birth and blood type. It got my phone number too, as well as my brother's. I guess, if that tag is ever found, I'll be considered lost at sea.

Yeah, right.

:: Rabbit's Foot ::
Mission: Impossible III
J.J. Abrams
Glorietta 4 Cinema 3
2300 - 06 May 2006

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

:: Drive ::
I do this a lot, and I find it therapeutic. The thing is, that's not what this post is about. It's about the same word, but in a different context.

I don't have much of it now. Don't ask me why - I can't even be bothered to figure out the reasons, let alone explain them.

It looks like I'll be stuck in this funk for quite a while, and I don't know how I'll get out of it. Any suggestions?

Then again, who's to say I actually will take those suggestions?

:: 1930 ::
In less than 24 hours, certain events that will take place in a room thousands of miles away will hit me in ways I haven't even begun to imagine. I have no idea how I will feel tomorrow. When they come, will I share those feelings with you? I doubt it.

I've kept this pretty quiet for months now, sharing only the occasional clue. Why should I suddenly make a big deal of it now, or tomorrow for that matter? I guess if the dam holding this all in breaks down, I won't have a choice. For now though, things look pretty solid.

Then again, this could just be wishful thinking. Just to be safe, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

:: Changes ::
As you might have already noticed, this blog is getting a long overdue update. I've added a few things, deleted some things, and changed a few others. It really isn't a major overhaul - at least that's not what I have planned. Nonetheless, I've got quite a bit of work ahead of me.

Why am I still too lazy to finish this whole thing?