Random: 2nd Monday in July 2010

The octopus again made the right prediction :  Spain won the World Cup (Oh to be in Spain, getting drunk and dancing in the streets at this very moment!)

Hmm, let’s see:  what are some other matters of note this morning?

  • The gods at io9 have seen fit to grace the world with the trailer for a fictitious TV series called “Simon Tam, M.D.” (Self’s heart overflows with gratitude, io9!)
  • And self read an article written by Benjamin Pimentel (fellow Atenista!) in self’s mailbox when she checked bright and early this morning.  Very interesting, seems Imelda Marcos aka Mother of All Shoe Mavens is now positioning herself as a “human rights victim”?  Here’s an excerpt from Ben’s article, posted on Inquirer.net:

The newly-elected congresswoman from Ilocos says she will support a bill to compensate those who suffered under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

“Because I’m the number one major victim of human rights,” she told reporters.  “I have not had my justice since 1986.”

Truly, this woman is the Queen of Re-invention!  And whoever voted her back into power deserves whatever they get!

On to self’s reading for the day, which is Miguel Syjuco/aka “former student” ‘s first novel (Seven years in the making!  Whew!  That takes tenacity!), Ilustrado.  Here’s a part self loves, on p. 2:

Both The Philippine Gazette and The Sun traded blows with Salvador’s own Manila Times, debating the author’s literary, and indeed social, significance to our weary country.  The Times, of course, declared their dead columnist the waylaid hope of a culture’s literary renaissance.  The Gazette argued that Salvador was not “an authentic Filipino writer,” because he wrote mostly in English and was not “browned by the same sun as the masses.”  The Sun said Salvador was too middling to merit murder.

Intrigued already, dear readers?  Keep reading!

Stay tuned.

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