Friday, December 16, 2011

Google Panda Comes To Town

Months ago there were stories of a Panda roaming around the internet slapping and slamming websites that a lot of webmasters cried foul. I didn’t bother to check it as I was lost in my day job and in some other ventures outside blogging.

Those who are seriously into SEO would know by now what I meant by this Panda. Perhaps they’re already affected and didn’t know what kind of truck had hit them. Or maybe they are now aware that all their SEO works in the past might possibly go down the drain.

So in the controversially reliable Wikipedia I got info about this Panda:
“Google Panda is a change to the Google's search results ranking algorithm that was first released in February 2011. The change aimed to lower the rank of "low-quality sites", and return higher-quality sites near the top of the search results. CNET reported a surge in the rankings of news websites and social Networking sites, and a drop in rankings for sites containing large amounts of advertising. This change reportedly affected the rankings of almost 12 percent of all search results. Soon after the Panda rollout, many websites, including Google's webmaster forum, became filled with complaints of scrapers/copyright infringers getting better rankings than sites with original content.”

Are you affected by this? Me, I’m not sure. I still get the same so-so traffic. My SEO skill is too basic and kinda old school. This site is used to be at PR4, and now it’s PR2. I don’t think Panda hit the PageRanks as well.

Perhaps we can now say that the field is leveled with this change by the big G. This initial hiccup, wherein they say that legit sites got struck while some scrapers got lucky, will surely come to pass. It’s reassuring to know that we’ll be getting less and less of the garbage when we do our web searches. It's also bad news for those making money online out of these search engine pollutants.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Azkals vs Lions

Azkals vs Lions, who do you expect to win? No, I'm not referring to a match between stray dogs versus giant cats. Azkals vs Lions is a match between the Philippines and Singapore's football teams. It will happen tonight at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

I was one of those who in Twitter, cheered for the Azkals vs Kuwait. "#WeBelieve" alright. But we're actually waiting for a miracle to happen. The Kuwaitis were more experienced and better equipped. The Singaporeans, 30 notches higher in Rank, are also great footballers, so I'm also also waiting for another miracle to happen. Who knows really if there'll be 30 minutes of madness when the Lion's will stop playing and allow the Azkals to pass by them and score easy goals.

I'd like like the Azkals to win 15-0. That would at least tie the country's most number of goals in a single game. In 1917, during the Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo, Paulino Alcantara-led Philippine team defeated Japan 15–2. That was the Philippines' biggest win in international football.

We have some Fil-foreigners in our lineup. But are they at the level of Messi and Ronaldo? So I just have to lower down my expectations. 2-2 will be good enough. Perhaps the Filipinos will understand that. We cannot change our state of football overnight.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Facebook Hoax - Tiered Membership Fee

I saw this in the shoutouts of a few of my Facebook friends a few days ago.

Another one protested, and posted some invectives against those who posted the above message. Oh, my, my gullible friends.

Haven't you noticed the timing? Facebook made some overhauls, Google+ is now available to everyone, and then this hoax. I don't know which came out first. But I know of someone who compared the complex Facebook changes to the last days of MySpace. I have not even tried MySpace and now it's gone.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Goodbye Madam!

The other day, a batchmate announced in our Facebook group page that one of our high school teachers died. She was 83 years old.

Scores of messages filled our group's wall. "She was my favorite English teacher" says one. Another mentioned the teacher's unusual habit of eating menthol candy during class and sticking the wrapper in the blackboard. "She was my favorite Math teacher" says another.

I don't know if it often happens but I find it unusual for someone to be an English and Math teacher at the same time. And she's excellent at both, inspiring students to do better and excel. I remember a time when half of her literature class had to take removal exams.

Also, I love how she pronounced the word "POEM". She even corrected us from our wrong pronunciation. Imagine, no one among us got it right the first time!

She's a motivator. Every week she gives us an assignment - a quotable quote, plus an explanation why it catches one's attention. Even the funniest quotes gathered by some of my comical classmates turn into something that gives us serious moral lessons.

She's compassionate. She gave some of my naughty classmates second chance when what they did could have cost them dismissal, or even some time in jail. They were forever grateful to her.

And so, what are my memories of her?
1. A principal at that time, she signed my suspension letter - due to habitual tardiness. Up to now, I haven't overcome it.
2. She gave me 3.0 in all grading period. I could not believe my consistency.
3. She scares me when she raises an eyebrow and throws a question. It will surely throw you off your seat.
4. Her pronunciation and the way she reads poems is quite intimidating. It has some chilling effect on me which I cannot explain at that time.

But hey, it was because of her that I began to appreciate poetry and literature. My early poems were done because it was for a class assignment. But a few of my friends continued writing poems and short stories even after we're through with lit class. And even until now, I collect quotable quotes.

What can I say but goodbye, Madam! You are surely the best!

Friday, July 22, 2011


I'm tired of blogging. There are so many things I wanted to do with my blogs but can't seem to pull it off.

What were my goals? Before I even achieve them, I changed them. Here now this blog is going nowhere. Blogging anonymously is a thing of the past. To my blogging friends, I'll one day reappear in your blogs, with my real name. And I hope you are still as welcoming as before and not have become snobs or too engrossed with traffic, adsense and blog community.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ania Na Pud Ko Sa Sugbu

Ania na pud ko sa Sugbu! (I'm back in Cebu again).

Pero mubalik ra ko sa Manila unyang kadlawon. Kadali ra ba! Mura man lang ko ug nisimhot sa kwarto, midulog sa akong kapikas, unya biya na sad. Hahay, kapait ining kinabuhia! Taud-taod na man diay akong wala makabalik diri. Enero pa kadto ug karon Hunyo na.

Sa eroplano kagabii, sa iyang pag take-off, gisud-ong nako ang kalapdon sa Metro Manila. Nindot tan-awon ang kahayag sa syudad. Nakita ko sad ang mga highway diin naglinya ang mga suga, ug murag tadlis kun tan-awon sa itaas. Gipiyong na lang nako ang ako mga mata,ug nahimuklod. Nganong napadpad man ko aning dapita nga ang akong kasing-kasing tua man sa sugbo?

Tuig 2008 kadto nga gibalhin ko sa akog kumpanya diri sa Manila. Taas nga posisyon, ug dako sad nga responsibilidad. Kini laging duna pud tay ambisyon mao nga gikab-ot nako ang oportunidad. Niuban pirmiro akong asawa apan nibalik dayun kini tungod sa kalaay ug sa mga oportunidad sa negosyo balik sa Sugbu. Lahi man diay ning mag-inusara ta. Walay mosugat nato inig-uli kundi ang iro sa silingan. Walay panihapon nga naghulat, kundi mga plato nga wala mahugasi sa pipila na ka adlaw. Wala sad kay magakos sa tugnaw nga kagabhion ug mahagkan nga mga tam-is nga ngabil.

Mao sab ang gibati nga kamingaw sa akong asawa. Maayo gani nga naay Sun Cellular kay pwede ra mi mag-istorya sa celphne bisag duha ug tulo ka oras kada adlaw. Kun wala pay Sun, linibo gyud among gasto. Maayo ra pud naa promo ang mga airlines para kun mibisita sya nako, dili na pud dako ang gasto.

Nasayod ko nga dili ra ako ang naa niining sitwasyon. Ang uban, wala gyud sila makaantos ug natintal gyud tungod sa lawasnong panginahanglan. Mao nga mag-ampo gyd mi pirmi sa Kahitas-an nga iya kaming buligan ug tagaan ug kusog sa pagbarog sa husto ug matarong.

Ang akong mga ginikanan, ug bisan akong ugangan, wala gyud makasulay ug panaglagyo sa ilang isig kapikas. Karong mga panahuna, uso na kaayo ni.

Karon, ania na pud ko sa Sugbu mao nga pahimuslan nako ang gamay nga panahon kay unyang kadlawon mubalik na ko sa Manila. Mubalik na sad ko sa mamingaw nga lugar, apan nasayod ko nga sa pipila ka mga bulan, mag-uban na gyud mi sa akong pinanggang asawa ug dili na kami magkalagyo pa.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rapture Day: May 21, 2011

There’s a group announcing that May 21, 2011 is the Rapture Day. It isn’t just a solitary bearded old man carrying a placard, shouting “Repent for the Judgment Day is Near”. The group, led by Harold Camping, put an exact date on Rapture Day – May 21, 2011. And five months later, they say, would be the end of the world.

They put up signs in lots of places including a full page ad at Reader’s Digest. How did the guy know the exact date when the Bible clearly says that no one knows? Well, he claimed to have found the secret calculation. As revealed now, the initial secret calculation of September 6, 1994 was flawed because Christians were still here. Camping recalculated and is now dead sure that his math is correct. If he is still around on May 22, then he must have been left behind.

I grew up in an evangelical Christian Church where rapture is taught. I’d say I prefer the Pre-mil, pre-trib – rapture precedes tribulation. But only God knows exactly when.

Here’s an MTV I found in Youtube which briefly describe what rapture is.

Will you be left behind?

Friday, April 01, 2011

Gmail Motion (Beta) - What is it?

Today, Google introduces Gmail Motion. What is it all about that it tops today's search trend? It is the internet giants innovation wherein users can interacts with their Gmail account in a new way.

Gmail users can simply sit in front of their computer equipped with a webcam and use their body to interact with Gmail. Isn't it great?

Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.

A printable guide that will include all of the body motions that Gmail now supports, is also provided. Stretch here, stretch there. However, Google also warns that you have to take some break every 30-40 minutes to give your muscles time to relax. This is fun really. Check out the video below on how this new feature works.

According also to Google, "This new motion detection technology doesn't stop with Gmail. We're excited to announce that Google Docs Motion will be coming later this year".

Yehaah! This is getting to be more exciting. It's April first everyone!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Of Blogging Plans Again

My blogging plans never materialized. With time in my hand between 9pm to 12am on weekdays and whole day on weekends, I should have worked my butt off to make more money online. Instead, I just stared at the computer screen, facebooking, or those online games, wasting precious time.

I write this with a sigh. The other night I chatted with my cousin regarding some new plans. Maybe I was just envious that some of my friends are now earning more online when, a couple few years ago, they were earning cents. Rumors of a friend had it that than one heyday, a single post raked in $100 of adsense money. How's that for a sideline!

Or maybe I was convinced of the internet's potential, yet looked at it as a clear blue sky while lying on my back in a green green grass.

This has to change. Now.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Will The Real Big Bad Blogger Please Stand Up?

It was a Sunday when an article about blogging was published in my favorite daily. I really didn’t know about it until a Facebook link from a friend pointed me to another page and then to the article.

The article written by Margaux Salcedo, also a blogger herself, mentioned a restaurateur and her resto and how the villains - Bad PR firm (probably not big) and a Big Bad Blogger, applied extortion in presenting their services. The title, catchy to the bloggers’ eyes it seems – Please Don’t Give Blogging a Bad Name.

Some readers were quick to point a finger at a certain popular blogger. And some bloggers, were also ready to aim fire at whoever that shows up. Probably it is easier to shoot a blogger than the PR firm. But who is REALLY giving blogging a bad name?

If getting paid for a review already qualifies one to become a bad blogger, then I am a bad blogger too. And so are my friends, who despite having great blogs, kept other secret sites used to generate $$$. I used to have paid posts here when the price was still at $20-$50. Now when there were already lots of us bad bloggers, the price went down to a pittance wherein you can’t even buy a Starbucks coffee with it. It’s probably because we’re not big and we write for the fun of it. It’s not the review they wanted, but rather the link.

So, will the real big bad blogger please stand up? Oh there you are, eating in a resto, taking pictures of the food and the crews whom you asked to give their best smile. “Pay up or I’ll scr*w you with my review”. Unbeknownst to the big bad blogger, somebody might have already wished that he choke up or something while he chews his meal. That unless he writes a positive review.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Welcome 2011

Today is the 2nd day of 2011 and it actually feels like 2010. I planned to make a blog entry on the last day of December but geesh, I forgot about it. It must be the age. But I'm young(if 30 something is young), and shouldn't be forgetful.

Okay, so who among my early blogging peers are still blogging? I mean blogging. Not copypasting and/or reviewing and/or newsreporting. My blogroll isn't that filled because I deleted that blogrolling link that they say contained malicious codes. What malicious code? Was there a proof?

I'll take a peek at the blog of my peers. Must be 50plus of them. Some had already shed off their masks of internet anonymity. I did. But partially. What will my niece say if she reads this blog? She'll be amused because she will not understand anything until, maybe 10 years from now.

Others retired. It's really sad to think that those I interacted with 4 years ago are no longer blogging. Some may have forgotten that we were once internet friends. They should know by now that I am only using a pen name. And that if you ever try to search me on Facebook using my pen name, you'll be surprised to see that I am Caucasian, tall and handsome. That is NOT me, of course.

So, what's up for 2011? Nothing, really. This blog will still be about my leftover thoughts, and that I am still here blogging.

Let us try politics next time.