An interesting fact about JavaScript is that although it has java in its name, the language itself has nothing to do with the java language.

I remember reading something about this. But what I really remember is the fact that some people would really have preferred the “ECMAScript” name better. Or something like that.

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Oh, and, flowers.

They make life more… Well, more.

And I really find it quite amusing when people fret about some things. I really didn’t want to but I couldn’t help but burst out laughing. There’s just something curious when people’s countenance deviate from the normal.

They’ve been talking on the radio about the Divorce Bill and they’ve been mentioning the Bible saying that divorce was existent even in Biblical times.

No, I’m not saying it’s not in the Bible. I acknowledge the fact that it’s mentioned, probably, more than once and I’ve even read the verses myself.

What they fail to mention is that divorce was only allowed in cases where there is infidelity.

Now, I really, really, really want my own ride. That or a computer that I can bring wherever I want and be able to go online whenever the need be.

I know I’m typing on an EeePC which is, theoretically very portable, but the keyboard’s broken so, I practically can’t type in it. A few letters and at least one symbol is not working anymore.

And, right now, considering all things, the most winning candidate is a tablet with EDGE/3G capabilities. (That’s because we don’t have 3G in here but only in the city. But we do have EDGE so, that can work.)

This is why I didn’t want to go to school today. What a waste of cash that was.

My tendency to want to be school on school days always clashes with my instinct. Most of the time, the former wins. And this is one of those days when I so wish that the latter would’ve won this morning.

“Alas for us all! And for all that walk the world in these after-days. For such is the way of it: to find and lose, as it seems to those whose boat is on the running stream.”

– Legolas


I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew:
Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew.
Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon, the foam was on the Sea,
And by the strand of Ilmarin there grew a golden Tree.
Beneath the stars of Ever-eve in Eldamar it shone,
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion.
There long the golden leaves have grown upon the branching years,
While here beyond the Sundering Seas now fall the Elven-tears.
O Lurien! The Winter comes, the bare and leafless Day;
The leaves are falling in the stream, the River flows away.
O Lurien! Too long I have dwelt upon this Hither Shore
And in a fading crown have twined the golden elanor.
But if of ships I now should sing, what ship would come to me,
What ship would bear me ever back across so wide a Sea?

Ackermann’s function [is] unconditionally guaranteed to overflow any stack you allocate!

This is the definition of Ackermann’s function (written in Ada):

function A(M, N: Natural) return Natural is
begin
    if M = 0 then return N + 1;
    elsif N = 0 then return A(M – 1, 1);
    else return A(M – 1, A(M, N – 1));
end A;

The exercise actually asks to write a program for that function (which is weird because the definition is already a program but it probably for a working one) but I don’t see how I’ll need a working one to get the point.

The else clause kinda does it in already.

Fibonacci can overflow easily of you write it recursively. Ackermann’s looks even more problematic. Actually, make that way more problematic.

The weather is still quite uncertain about what to do with itself. I mean, the rain keeps coming and going, the sun keeps shining and hiding. You know it’s going to rain but you’re never really certain because the sun is shining yet hidden behind clouds.

I just realized where to get cool-ish wallpaper material: Baobab’s rings.

I mean, stuff like this:
baobab disk usage rings

They look quite cool. Add a bit of conky on top. Cool.

Of course, it’s not gonna work so well if you have a huge screen so a little editing is in order. But not much. Baobab even has a built-in function to save those graphs as images. That’s how I got that one.

I wonder if I could make a conky ring to much that. Although, that’s probably going to take a lot of system resources.

February 25, 1986

Preamble of the 1987 Philippine Constitution:

We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.

Philippine FlagOver two decades since then.

Where are those blessings of independence and democracy? Then again, when did we stop being under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace?

Never mind when we stopped, was there really ever a time of such a regime?

Were we really ever able to establish a Government that exists for the people, by the people, and of the people?

They might as well have simply written:

We, the sovereign Filipino people, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.

Yes, I did remove the part about imploring the aid of Almighty God. Because it doesn’t seem like it anymore.

When did we stop imploring the aid of Almighty God?

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America built their country on a solid foundation of strong faith in God. They were blessed, they prospered, their country grew into a superpower capable of policing the entire world.

But that stopped. America’s dominance in the world is no longer a certainty. That long-held position, taken after the Great Britain fell, is now slowly being stripped away from them.

The Philippines was never a dominant country but, at some point back, we didn’t have this much debt and the country was growing. It stopped, too.

We might say that the Philippines is now growing again but by how little? And how soon will that end?

I think, what we all need to remember is that we wanted to be ruled under a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace.

After looking at lots of phones today (And picking up an LG L3. Not for me.), I kinda think that I just realized why Firefox couldn’t pick the Philippines as the emerging market to launch Keon and Peak in. I’m not sure, of course, it’s just a possibility.

I mean, the phone market here is filled with Cherry Mobiles and myPhones all over the place. And they make Androids, too. Cheap Androids. There was one 1.4 GHz, dual core model with Ice Cream Sandwich in it at only about $100 from Cherry Mobile. And that’s one of the most expensive ones.

(I’m rather intimidated by the fact that that is way more processing power than what this computer I’m typing on right now has.)

Also, there are new players trying to enter the market: O+ and Starmobile.

They’re not great or anything like it design-wise, or quality-wise, but they make smartphones really cheap. And that’s mostly their pull, all of them. No, erase that. I believe that’s their only pull.

I wonder if they can push those prices further down if they use Firefox OS.

Although, they really do have to improve a lot on the quality side.

You know one of the most awkward things there is?

It’s when someone hollers at you, calling you by first name and you having absolutely no idea who on earth that person is. But you don’t want to be rude so you holler back and smile and thank the powers that be that you met when you were both walking with a bunch of other people so there’s no time to meet-and-greet but only to walk past each other.

Of course, later you can remember the face, recall a name and match one with the other but the moment has passed. All you can do is move on and get over it. And maybe forget it actually happened.

And now it’s back!

See?

This is why I’d always want a computer with a working battery on it. If I was on a desktop without even a UPS, I’d have lost what I’ve been working on already. And the worst part of that is when they’re simply unrecoverable…

This has been happening everyday!

What is wrong with the electric service? This is the third time today that power went down.

Boy!, am I glad about such things as batteries.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a mad man or something worse.

“You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

– C.S. Lewis

Quoted in Josh McDowell‘s More than a Carpenter