Oh Brother

I find it funny that, in some ways, life seems to mimic the blogging episode. That is, the absurdities you encounter in either bad apple is enough to get you hammering down on the odd one out. I’m talking about my recent difficulty in getting my printer to work yesterday and it definitely got me writing about what I had to go through then now.

Getting me out of my blogging stupor would not be the rant-worthy incident, (though it really is,) but the sheer fact that I just got the piece of nearly 2 year old junk to churn out readable prints. That despite having to do stuff with the hardware… from cleaning to test prints to re-inserting the cartridges to switching it on and off to resetting the printer then doing a combination of the same routines again. That despite having to put up with the printer when I’m so used to getting hardware technical support guys tinkering with it at work.

And it felt like I hit the jackpot… like I discovered the hidden combination when, after spending around 2 to 3 hours of painstaking to get the printer working, it spat out a recognizeable test print! That despite having done so for what seemed to be like about 30 to 40 test prints of nearly no color at all to that which had no black at all. The latter was the real whammy then because I had to print a scanned PDF file in black ink.

Also I knew I had to sort things out because should the need for something for my daughter at school come up, I could only imagine how much my wife would rare to smash the printer against the wall. My daughter’s assignment this afternoon only proved that it was well worth the trouble as I’m the only guy in this house with the patience to put up with erring hardware.

And it definitely was more on the wise side of things to get this old timer going as it eventually saved me a few thousand bucks with me not having to get a new one. Not to mention the trouble of getting rid of this chunk of hardware.

I’m not pulling my hair because of the DCP-130C for now, thanks to the Internet primarily.* Should it finally choke on me permanently, I can’t really say I’m getting something from the same manufacturer though.

* Thanks to phayber_optik of TipidPC for having the unintuitive printer reset procedures covered.

Mapping Development

world_map_01I remember when Internet great Google went on to release Google Maps a few years ago. The service made the once geographic modelling tool stuck in the pages of the Atlas a regular internet fodder. Since then, there have been a lot of innovations contributing to the technology and now, UN’s Millenium Development Goals are already in the map. Thanks to the possible related posts facility of WordPress.com for the find btw.

I remember writing about the UN’s Millenium Development Goals here. It’s pretty interesting to encounter them in a new and different light though. Cheers to Technology.

On Contrasts

By now a lot has been written about Obama’s victory for the presdency that throwing in another into the foray would bore even the usual current events apathetic. The lazy linksman in me could’ve just laid a carpet of bulleted links just to be able to push older contents further into the archives but I saw something fit to spend sometime writing about. In particular it was noticeable how much reads in a single day after that episode harped so much on contrasts. Of course it was quite predictable on the part of mainstream media to milk the line given the way the comparisons came out from that direction from the campaign right down through the election here so I’m including some of those which made their way to where I am.

For starter’s here’s Inquirer.net‘s headline story entitled “Black in White House.” Then there was the usual daily staples from the same local daily courtesy of CDQ entitled “Light and Dark” and MLQ3 entitled “Out with the Old, in with the New.” The former ran parallels on the candidates there and on the American and Philippine brand of democracies while the latter ran them on various Philippine social distinctions such as age.

NY Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, writes of Obama’s victory in Pennsylvania as something of a Civil War 145 years after the one in the history textbooks there was decided in Gettysburg. Building on the parallelism, Friedman begins with Lincoln’s urge regarding “the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far nobly advanced” to point out the voters’ decision as a victory for the struggle for equality. This before going on to elaborate contrast-fraught reasons for the Republican demise, (e.g. Buffett effect vs. Bradley effect, perceptions of the common good,) and views of what happens there here on. More of the article here.

Finally this FT article includes an account of the fortunes of Republicans candidates, successful or not, as it takes a look at why the party failed big time that day.

And so the die was cast and the new president will have everyone’s attention not only domestically but worldwide just as this IHT article on the US political development among many others indicates.

A Hiatus Hence

A streak of blanks after a string of posts last month. I hardly even recognize my drafts anymore.

Seriously that was how much (and long) rest I needed to recharge. It felt relieving to just bum around with computer games after work when the last time I freely indulged myself like this was during the summer.

Then there was that much needed rest due for nearly a month. It was pretty much an alternating routine of games and catching up on sleep the past month that kept me away from here. Throw in a new “toy” I got to have last week and it sure comes as surprising that I got to get this kicked up here. (This might have to wait for another entry though as I’m keeping the fanboyisms out of this post.) And I almost forgot about me and my daughter’s simple birthdays btw.

Then again I can always count on the lame excuse of second sem classes revving up my gears to spend more time tapping the keyboard for comprehensible stuff and not for hotkeys. Now that school’s here, (at least as far as one of my two subjects is concerned,) I’m suddenly warped back to that deadline-laden mindset enough for me to turn to this blog for solace again. When my major subject officially gets its act together, I can only imagine how much time I can keep up with this again though.

So I guess it’s time to get going again.