Time for a quiz. What is your personality type?

It’s been ages since I’ve fed my quiz kick, so thanks to Degan for kicking it off Facebook style.

– Take the personality type quiz at blogthings.com –

I am an ENTP – The Visionary

You are charming, outgoing, friendly. You make a good first impression. You possess good negotiating skills and can convince anyone of anything. Happy to be the center of attention, you love to tell stories and show off. You’re very clever, but you are not disciplined enough to do well in structured environments.

In love, you see everything as a grand adventure. You enjoy taking risks for love. And if things don’t work out, you’re usually not too much worse for the wear!

You would make a great entrepreneur, marketing executive, or actor. At work, you need a lot of freedom to pursue your own path and vision.

How you see yourself: analytical, creative, and peaceful.

When other people don’t get you, they see you as detached, wishy-washy, and superficial.

nerd pick-up lines.

This geeky twist to the ol’ pick-up lines game caught my eye on Twitter today. Go to the #nerdpickuplines stream for and browse at your leisure.

I’ve listed some faves below (in other words, the ones that might have worked on me).

  • I think I less than three you. #
  • I can tell you’re 36-25-36, which by the way are all perfect squares. #
  • What’s your name? I just need to know who I will be blogging about later. #
  • If you won’t let me buy you a drink at least let me fix your laptop. #
  • My phone number? It’s easy to remember – it’s the first 10 digits of Pi. I moved to St. Louis just to be in the 314 area code. #

If you’ve got any gems, join in on the ideastorm on Twitter. Make sure to tag it with #nerdpickuplines.

historic v. ‘istoric.

TV folks: get it right. Historic has a pronounced H. Say it with me. A historic.

If you are still compelled to use “an”, for the love of all things linguistic, aspirate the H! An ‘istoric.

If you say an historic within earshot of me…don’t say I didn’t warn you.

That is all.

Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang (Freestyle)

I’m adding this Tagalog song about star-crossed love to the tiny repertoire of Filipino songs I’m able to sing. Thanks very much to Ronald of Yagoona for this find; he sang it quite admirably during a bout of open-air karaoke at Villa Khristalene in Talisay.

This song was originally performed by Ogie Alcasid. Ronald’s favourite rendition is the duet by modern pop group Freestyle (shown below).

Bakit ngayon ka lang
Bakit ngayon kung kailan ang aking puso’y
Mayron nang laman
Sana’y nalaman ko
Na darating ka sa buhay ko
‘Di sana’y naghintay ako

Ikaw sana ang aking yakap-yakap
At iyong kamay ang aking laging hawak
At hindi kanya

Bakit ngayon ka lang dumating sa buhay ko
Pilit binubuksan ang sarado ko ng puso
Ikaw ba ay nararapat sa akin
At siya ba’y dapat ko lang limutin
Nais kong malaman
Bakit ngayon ka lang dumating

Ikaw sana ang aking yakap-yakap
At iyong kamay ang aking laging hawak
At hindi kanya
At hindi kanya

Bakit ngayon ka lang dumating sa buhay ko
Pilit binubuksan ang sarado ko ng puso
Ikaw ba ay nararapat sa akin
At siya ba’y dapat ko lang limutin
Nais kong malaman
Bakit ngayon ka lang…

Bakit ngayon ka lang dumating sa buhay ko
Pilit binubuksan ang sarado ko ng puso
Ikaw ba ay nararapat sa akin
At siya ba’y dapat ko lang limutin
Nais kong malaman
Bakit ngayon ka lang
Dumating

Oooh…
Nais kong malaman
Bakit ngayon ka lang
Dumating

Translation:

Why have you come just now
Why only now when my heart
Is already full
I should have known
That you would walk into my life
So that I could have waited for you

It should have been you that I held in my arms
Your hand that should have always been in mine
And not hers

Why have you come into my life just now
Undoing this heart of mine that is already taken
It’s you that should have been right for me
And her that I should have forgotten
Oh please tell me
Why only now

It should have been you that I held in my arms
Your hand that should have always been in mine
And not hers
And not hers

Why have you come into my life just now
Undoing this heart of mine that is already taken
It’s you that should have been right for me
And her that I should have forgotten
Oh please tell me
Why just now…

Why have you come into my life just now
Undoing this heart of mine that is already taken
It’s you that should have been right for me
And her that I should have forgotten
Oh please tell me
Why just now

Oooh…

I really want to know
Why is it just now
That you’re here

Your Universe (Rico Blanco)

Another music find from our stay in Manila. It was one of the most frequently aired videos at the time but the first play already had me hooked. The video, shot in Tagaytay with Taal Volcano in the background, caught my attention due to our recent sojourn to said volcano. Lyrics are romantic simplicity; if anyone happened to serenade me with this song, I think I’d melt into a puddle of giggly goo. I also have to admit that even with my inclination to by turned off by Filipino men, Rico Blanco is not at all hard on the eyes.

Wish I had the presence of mind to grab the CD while we were in the Philippines. Can’t buy it from abroad. Pout.

[link to guitar tab]

Tell me something
When the rain falls on my face
How do you quickly replace
It with a golden summer smile?

Tell me something
When I’m feeling tired and afraid
How do you know just what to say
To make everything alright?

I don’t think that you even realize
The joy you make me feel when I’m inside your universe
You hold me like I’m the one who’s precious
I hate to break it to you but it’s just the other way around
You can thank your stars all you want but
I’ll always be the lucky one

Tell me something
When I’m ’bout to lose control
How do you patiently hold my hand
And gently calm me down?

Tell me something
When you sing and when you laugh
Why do I always photograph
My heart flying way above the clouds?

I don’t think that you even realize
The joy you make me feel when I’m inside your universe
You hold me like I’m the one who’s precious
I hate to break it to you but it’s just the other way around
You can thank your stars all you want but
I’ll always be the lucky one

Woo…

I don’t think that you even realize
The joy you make me feel when I’m inside your universe
You hold me like I’m the one who’s precious
I hate to break it to you but it’s just the other way around
You can thank your stars all you want but
I’ll always be the lucky one

You can thank your stars all you want but
I’ll always be…
The lucky one

I’ll always be the lucky one
I’ll always be the lucky one

Almost Lover (A Fine Frenzy)

I first heard this song while we were driving down a lonely stretch of road in Manila, early in our month-long trip to Asia. The lyrics were so melancholy and the singer so haunted that I was spellbound for the entire song. Made a note to seek out this artist at the first opportunity.

Your fingertips across my skin
The palm trees swaying in the wind
Images

You sang me Spanish lullabies
The sweetest sadness in your eyes
Clever trick

I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me

Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

We walked along a crowded street
You took my hand and danced with me
Images

And when you left you kissed my lips
You told me you’d never ever forget these images, no

I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me

Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind
So you’re gone and I’m haunted
And I bet you are just fine
Did I make it that easy
To walk right in and out of my life?

Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
I should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

new gadget acquistion: acer aspire one (netbook).

Got my netbook last Tuesday after a week of researching online and gathering word of mouth on Twitter and Facebook. In the end, I decided on the Acer Aspire One.

My new netbook

It was the best budget netbook for me: cool colours (tempted to buy the girly pink; settled for blue), comfortable keyboard, decent trackpad. Got it from Best Buy, where it was going for $399. Luckily, I had a $200 gift card to help me out at the till.

The guy from Best Buy offered to “optimize” the computer for me for $99. The service takes at least 1 business day. I was skeptical of it and thought I could rely upon my extensive IT background, so I passed and spent 3-5 hours booting and configuring my netbook myself. Had to update firmware and drivers, one of which was preventing the wireless card from locating any of the networks in my building, let alone mine. For those that aren’t as handy with computers, I’d recommend the day of setup, else be prepared to call your closest tech friend for help (even I did, when I had to find the right NIC driver!). Consider buying your netbook a few days in advance of when you think you *need* it. Even without setup, it requires more time and patience to boot it up for first use as compared to its Mac brethren.

My netbook came XP and free trials of McAfee (including personal firewall) and Office 2007 Home and Student Edition — I’m using those until I’m forced to pay for any software.

It’s been exactly a week now and already I feel like my little netbook has paid for itself. I was able to provide coverage on location for an American Thanksgiving dinner that I was invited to and a nearly live blog account of a new food hopping dining experience. On Sunday, used it to take extensive notes at a coffee seminar that I will be writing an article for shortly.

Wireless connectivity was great as was the transfer speed via memory stick (it has built-in slots for SD and other formats, though I needed to use my external card reader for Compact Flash). The size was perfect for me: small enough to hide it on my lap while we sampled food at a large communal table, and large enough to hammer out text on its keyboard and preview results.

I do wish it had better battery performance, as it currently stands at about 2 hours on its own legs before I need to plug back in. The AC cord is bulky and heavy, so when you have to carry that around too, it adds a couple pounds to your mobile gear.

Performance can be sluggish at times, especially when switching applications. I did go into this with eyes open; netbooks are not made to be multi-tasking powerhouses like desktops or full-fledged laptops, but when the only apps active are 2 browser windows, it’s a little bothersome when the processor has to rest for a bit.

There you have it – hope my experience is a useful case study for your own netbook research!

Like greek mythology? Go see Metamorphoses.

My social calendar was busier than usual this past week.

We spent one of those evenings with Rebecca and Raul at the opening night of Metamorphoses, a locally produced play based on the Greek myths written long ago by Ovid. It was an interesting presentation of mythology as a thread of old and modern anecdotes of love (in all its manifestations).

Metamorphoses: Alycone & Ceyx

I had no expectations going into this experience; in fact, I hadn’t done any research into finding out what the play was about. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that I’d be enjoying a performance about Greek myths, a subject that I was thoroughly enamored with as a child. (I’d done report after report on Greece and its culture for 2 years and still ache to visit the ruins of old.)

Highlights for me were the tales of Alycone & Ceyx, Myrrha, and Phaeton. The first two nearly moved me to tears: Alycone’s anguish and Myrrha’s despair were heartbreakingly acute.

Metamorphoses: Myrrha

The tale of Pantheon, on the other hand, made the most clever use of the 6-8 foot pool in the centre of the stage. It was a well executed modernization of Phaeton as surly pool kid raging against the aloofness of his father, the sun.

All in all, Kurt and I really enjoyed this play, and hope that you’ll have the chance to check it out too. Thanks to Rebecca B. for inviting us for a free screening, and Rebecca C. and Michelle for use of the photos above.

Want other perspectives on this night? Read Rebecca and Raul’s reviews as well.

Metamorphoses
July 31, 2008 – August 16, 2008
Pacific Theatre
1440 W 12th Ave | Vancouver
Tickets: www.pacifictheatre.org or call 604-224-4534

recap of nicole’s visit to vancouver.

My youngest sister-in-law flew in from Winnipeg to hang out with us these past 10 days. A lot of good times were had:

Despite our not-so-subtle efforts to convince her to move here, she returned home on Monday evening. Sniff. She is already missed.

Kissing a Fool (George Michael)

Last night’s George Michael concert reminded me how much I loved Kissing a Fool. It got me through many a broken heart…from failed relationships to things that could never be. If you are a hopeless romantic like me but have never heard of this song before, please take a moment to acquaint yourself with this gem.

Kissing a Fool

[link to guitar tab]

You are far
When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death, and from my heart
Strange that you were strong enough
To even make a start
But you’ll never find
Peace of mind
Till you listen to your heart

People
You can never change the way they feel
Better let them do just what they will
For they will
If you let them
Steal your heart from you

People
Will always make a lover feel a fool
But you knew I loved you
We could have shown them all
We should have seen love through

Fooled me with the tears in your eyes
Covered me with kisses and lies
So goodbye
But please don’t take my heart

You are far
I’m never gonna be your star
I’ll pick up the pieces
And mend my heart
Maybe I’ll be strong enough
I don’t know where to start
But I’ll never find
Peace of mind
While I listen to my heart

People
You can never change the way they feel
Better let them do just what they will
For they will
If you let them
Steal your heart

And people
Will always make a lover feel a fool
But you knew I loved you
We could have shown them all…

But remember this
Every other kiss
That you ever give
Long as we both live
When you need the hand of another man
One you really can surrender with
I will wait for you
Like I always do
There’s something there
That can’t compare with any other

You are far
When I could have been your star
You listened to people
Who scared you to death, and from my heart
Strange that I was wrong enough
To think you’d love me too
I guess you were kissing a fool

You must have
Been kissing
A fool…