December 31, 2012

December 25, 2012

Tweeter - Private Account Coffin (12.25.12)

Before anything else, I know my hair looks awful in this video. It comes with the baldness.


December 22, 2012

For The Last Time - Pink Puppy (12.23.2012)

It's "How I Never Met Your Mother" all over again. Yeah, since it was December 15 a few days ago, I'm telling the story of the pink puppy for the last time. After this, never again. Awesome. Telling this story for the last time actually got a lot off of my chest (not the man boobs though) so it was really a relief.


December 21, 2012

Rambling Reviews - 2B Kontinyud (12.22.12)

The first video review I've ever done so I ramble a lot. I actually get sidetracked a lot of times here so that's why it took so long.

Also, just for future references in the video: Lemon, Lime, Blueberry = Lemonade, Mountain Dew, Pepsi Blue (respectively, of course). I named them that way in this review.

PART 1



PART 2



PART 3



December 19, 2012

Rambles - Paskuhan 2012 (12.20.12)

My friends Karen and Sarah ramble on with me about UST's Paskuhan event. Sorry for the bad camera angle.


December 18, 2012

December 13, 2012

Tweeter - 35,000 Tweets Under The Sea (12.14.12)


Explaining why I have over 35,000 tweets in a span of over a year on my Twitter account.


December 7, 2012

For The Last Time (12.7.12) - Organization

A cold-induced video about the organization I'm in. Nothing really bad. Just talking about the organization for the last time.

(I actually cut a part of this along with other small bits and pieces of the video. All unimportant)


December 4, 2012

Online Window Shopping

Does it still could as window shopping if I just browse online shops?

I actually enjoy browsing shirts online for some reason. I don't know if it's the design or if it's because online shops based in the US actually have shirts that fit me (American XL is the Philippine XXXL) or maybe because I like the design of some shirts that I know I can't find anywhere in malls.

TNA wrestler Bobby Roode shows off a shirt that I really, really want.
For some reason, I want to buy lots and lots of different shirts online whether they're from wrestling, bands, or video games. I just want to wear one in public that stands out of what everyone is wearing. Right now, a lot of guys wear those fake Affliction shirts. If not, they're wearing fake TapOut shirts that are blatantly fake sometimes because one time I saw a guy with a shirt that says "TAPOOT". That's actually the Canadian accent being put into good use.

The biggest problem I have is the shipping cost. Usually these online shops involve credit cards and lo and behold, I don't have one yet and I don't have the money for one yet.

WWEShop.com's international shipping costs about 25 dollars from the US to the Philippines. That's seems really big if I just want to buy a shirt that costs 20 dollars, which means it'll be a 45-dollar shirt. Totally not worth it especially if it's a clearance sale item.

What's worse is ShopTNA.com's cost is actually nearly 40 dollars. 40 dollars?! Dear god, that's like two shirts. Hell, that's 8 shirts if ShopTNA.com is having a big clearance sale where certain shirts cost 5 dollars each. That's not even including the shirt I want to buy. So it'll be a 60 dollar shirt if I decide to buy a non-clearance shirt and there aren't even coupons online to remove or at least cut the shipping cost. So for ShopTNA, unless I'm already in Canada, I'd be better off looking at their awesome shirts.

Sometimes I even go to my favorite bands' websites and see the shirts they sell. I'm starting to feel like I'm gonna be a shirt collection sometime if I had the money. I would love to someday where a Tegan and Sara shirt to class and get puzzled looks from others.

Owning a shirt that not everyone can buy easily is something I like because I'm smug like that. I like uniqueness in shirts so if I have a US-exclusive shirt here in the Philippines, I'd like it even more since I'm one of the few who have had access to get that shirt.

Maybe the concept of "wanting is better than having" is finally catching up on me.  Or maybe it's selfishness and ego.

Buddy System

In WWE NXT (yes, I'm gonna throw a few wrestling references here and there), I always liked the concept of the "Pro and Rookie" where one established WWE Superstar would be the mentor of a wrestler who the fans aren't aware of. The Pro is supposed to help out the Rookie and give him pointers (in storyline, or maybe even backstage).

Here we have WWE Superstar R-Truth with NXT Rookie Johnny Curtis. Okay, so none of you get this reference. Moving on...

I'm not entirely sure if I gave my organization, TomasinoWeb, the idea for the buddy system where senior members and officers would be hang out with new members and trainees. I'm really sure I didn't and I don't take credit for anything at all but I actually like the new system since the new members who want to stay in the org have to interact with the senior members.

In my time, I didn't have that (and yeah, being in an org for one year makes you senior since one year is a quarter of your stay in college. One-fifth if you're taking up something like Engineering or Architecture). When it was my first year in the organization, I didn't know anyone. I only knew one person (the one who recruited me and made me aware of the organization in the first place) and I wasn't even as close with her. I had a classmate who joined the organization as well but she had friends of her own.

Hell, in the first GA, I was already panicking inside while maintaining my composure. I was saying "I don't know anyone here, I don't know anyone here. I'm gonna die here" in a complete loop for 20 minutes. I know I overreacted inside but I wasn't much of the social guy back then so I didn't have the initiative to say "Hi, I'm Ralph. I'm a new member here." I only got lucky because of the team building but that was after the first semester had ended so that was like 3 months worth of socialization down the drain.

Before the team building happened, I wanted to test how well the organization tolerated bullying (well, playful bullying, not the actual kind) so I decided to bully the president at the time by making fun of how she smiled like someone who's plotting something. It got a good reaction from the officers and they finally knew about me so that was good.

One of my few regrets in the organization is not being able to actually talk to every one of the officers at the time. Scheduling conflicts were probably the main cause of that. When I was in the org room, they were probably in class or doing something else. It's not anyone's fault but I just wish I got to know more of those officers back then.

Now, the new members are privileged because they're stuck with the current officers of the org, including me. Okay, that sounded bad but that's the point. They're forced to interact with us for better or for worse if they want to stay in the organization.

I don't really see myself as a likable person (Try asking certain tourism girls along with other people) but somehow, these new members are still naive, hence they see me as funny or "respectable" (No! I am not respectable in any way!) And the best part here is that they're willing to hang out with me. I think they're doing that because they're required to and I'm flattered by the comments about how I'm funny and "respectable" (that's never a good word to describe me).

So, technically, I'm required to hang out with these members who are also required to hang out with me. It's like a legal contract. It's not actually a bad thing. I really appreciate this whole WWE NXT-like system that I mentioned earlier. I'm the pro and these new members are my rookies. I'd love to somehow teach whatever I can to these people but for now, I'm still that asshole executive who does nothing but still has the gall to hang out with these regular members as if I'm saying "Yeah, you do the hard work while I do nothing and look good." I'm an asshole like that.

...but I look good being an asshole.

So far, my "buddies", as we executives call them, have been surprisingly friendly. So far, none of them have given me a reason to be pissed off or disheartened and I like that. I wish it'd stay that way.

My plan is that I want none of my buddies to quit the organization. The reason why I'm still in the organization is because the president, the editor-in-chief, and the blog department head, among others, welcomed me in the organization. Slowly but surely, I gained their trust and they treated me nicely. I don't really want them to gain my trust or anything like that but they should at least feel like they're part of the org.

I've seen a lot of people quit the organization because they didn't feel welcome or weren't really noticed because they didn't speak up. I consider myself to be lucky to have met them because they actually embraced me as a temporary member of their group of friends.

"Why did they bring their dad and did he just get off of work?" asked students who didn't know who we were.
(Temporary because they graduated a few months later.)

Anyway, I want my buddies to feel welcome in the org and that they have nothing to worry about because I don't ever want them to feel like they're on their own in the org. Several past members have felt that and they didn't renew their membership. I nearly quit because I felt that for a time but again, I was lucky enough to have met those officers who made me feel welcome.

I'm actually trying my best to make my buddies feel like they're not on their own in the org and that I'm actually rooting for them to succeed. I actually want them to take my position as an executive in the organization because I'm leaving in a few months. I actually want them to feel the way that I did back then.

If one of my buddies actually becomes an officer or stays in the organization because of me or at least partly because of me, I did my job. That's all I want.

October 17, 2012

I Don't Believe

I don't believe in all of these feelings, infatuation, affection and the like. I can admit that I'm just jealous.

I'm jealous because of all these couples but sadly, I'm still traumatized after what the hell happened last year when I thought I was doing something great for someone who I thought I should care about (Turns out everything I thought was bullshit).

All of that gave me a perspective that no woman (sadly, I generalized) is ever emotionally truthful to someone who's nice. All they want is the attention. They don't pursue the nice guys. They pursue hot guys who don't and will never care for them.

I'm open to be proved wrong but until now, I haven't found a good enough reason to change what I believe it. I don't believe that what all of these people feel is real. I don't believe that there is such a thing as affection and that what people feel for others is an emotional need to fill something that isn't there. They just want to use you for their emotional crutch and that there is no such thing as love or whatever you people call it.

Things I See - Perversion On My Mind

Is something wrong with my friends today? They're hilarious today.

Well, yeah, I do. I'm a guy. What's not to like about boobies?



Now why can't my crushes tell me that?

August 19, 2012

Redundancy

Something that should be kept in mind when writing is the value of something you create. If you do something, you want to make sure it has meaning and impact. Now, “impact” doesn’t really mean that the story has to move the audience but rather, make them appreciate whatever you’re trying to do. Too much of something loses its meaning.

In poetry, the rule is that every word would have to contribute to the imagery intended by the author as well as the meaning intended. Poetry is the right words used in the right place and if that is followed, the poem would have impact to the readers. Each word has meaning and purpose.

This doesn’t solely apply to poetry. It applies to the shows that we watch, the books we read, and the things we do.

I remember watching a play in UST recently (but I don’t really care for the title because it was a bad play if you have your brain on). At first it was good since the first act was with two friends asking each other 20 Questions which meant room for character development. However, when the girl asked the guy if he’s still a virgin, that’s what struck me the most because that’s where the conversation turned into something else entirely. It had me thinking “Okay, so that’s the sense of this play. I can deal with that...” but the characters constantly talked about sex and threw character development out the window.

I can’t forget this line as well. “A lot of guys penetrated me but no one had ever penetrated my soul”. Was that supposed to be sweet? It wasn’t because all sympathy had gone because the script focused too much on having sex and the guy’s virginity which meant that developing them was meaningless.

The next act was way worse. It involved four people waiting for the results of a job interview. The acting was purposely driven over the top for the four characters but the problem was that only one was sympathetic. The first girl was over the top but had some sympathy because she wanted to work for the sake of her family. The first guy was mentioning sex and blowjobs for his purpose. The second girl wanted to work for drugs. The second guy was a gay pervert who was constantly becoming perverted and mentioning sex and blowjobs as well. (Like rape, I blocked out some of these parts so I forget.)

When the play ended, I was offended not because of the content but rather the overreliance on sex. Yes, the concept was suppressing emotions. That was good but the reliance on sex and meaningless perversion was made the entire thing pointless. What was the point of the perversion? Nothing. They could tell me “Oh, that’s what we all are hiding. Perversions!” Yeah, that’s true but somehow, we could’ve done it without putting that aspect on stage. Everyone has something to hide such as naivety, innocence, constant fear, but no, the play chose to sensationalize everyone’s inner perversions. It would’ve been alright if it hadn’t been played for laughs and just portrayed in small doses. Some sex is alright, if done correctly. If it’s done too much, it loses its impact and would later be meaningless. Eventually, it will rely on sex. The play was alright but only as momentary entertainment for others. Would people be talking about it? Not for long. Why? It had too much meaningless perversion.

The concept of inflation could be applied to what we watch. If something is done in small doses, it will have more impact. For example, a generic romantic movie would have two characters fall in love but somehow, they don’t kiss yet. After plot development and constant buildup, when the two characters finally kiss, the viewers are driven to tears or at least touched by the scene. They love it. They believe it.

Another example, How I Met Your Mother has Barney Stinson who constantly sleeps with women through devious ways and he does so in 4 seasons. When the people were ready to give up on the character, he finally shows real emotion and falls in love with Robin. That had impact on the viewers. Sure, he’s portrayed as a perverted womanizer but he was given a human side. That made all that sex meaningless. The writers used that to develop his character in a good way. The difference of this and that perverted play was that there was a payoff to it. It had impact and value.

However, if something is done too much, it loses meaning. For example, if a comedy uses the same joke over and over again, it won’t be funny. It would be tedious. Why? Because the joke had already lost its value. It was hilarious at first but then it would be redundant and you just wish the characters would just shut up about it.

Last example, in the 90’s, hardcore wrestling became popular. This is where wrestlers would use weapons like chairs, tables, barbed wire baseball bats, and thumbtacks in their matches. People have enjoyed this so much that they have been desensitized to simple matches. One shot of a chair seems to week now. Back then, that would usually end the match, but the constant use of violence had lost the meaning of the simple usage of weapons in professional wrestling, even though wrestling isn’t about weapons to begin with.

Again, if you’re going to do something, make sure it has meaning. Too much of something will make what you did meaningless if it once had the impact you intended to get. You would turn people off with the constant use of your aspect. If you’ve used that aspect too much, doing something different would have impact. Otherwise, your audience would be apathetic.

August 15, 2012

If I were to be a blog editor

My first choice for a position I wanted to have in this organization was the blog editor. Yes, I know an executive position is more than enough but it wasn't what I asked for but I don't want to get to that now. That's for a future post. Anyway, I had a few plans for the blog section of the TomasinoWeb website.

Simply put, I wanted a few bloggers to work with - five at the most. Since not everyone wants to type their emotions and thoughts in a word processor and would rather cover fun events, the blog section isn't really that sought out.

Let's say the organization accepted five bloggers and five trainees. I wanted to find out what those five bloggers main interests are whether it'd be video games, TV shows, comic books, professional wrestling, dramas, and anything they're interested in. I would've told them to write articles on how the campus is a comic book, a drama or a TV show because it's light reading, not a thesis. It should be mildly amusing. We could have reviews of video games or comic book series that the students might enjoy. Basically, I wanted them to pick something they know a lot about and make them write about it in various ways, including how to make the common UST student to relate to it.

As for the trainees, I wanted to copy the developmental system of WWE where wrestlers who aren't ready for the main roster can hone their skills. I want them to try and work on their blogging skills while giving them a few tips on how to improve. For that to happen, I wanted to try and have a different blog just for the blog section. A little odd but it would give these trainees to develop their writing skills and get feedback from people. I wanted to show that these trainees have skills that need to be a honed a little and they may not be TomasinoWeb website ready but I'll make sure they are.

August 9, 2012

What I Had Planned With The TomWeb Twitter Account

Yes, I finally thought of something convoluted to make the TomasinoWeb twitter account (located here) a little more interesting. As the Vice President of Online Operations (a really long title for a guy who controls a Facebook and a Twitter account of an organization), I was told to do something that would make our fanbase grow.

Usually, these "official" Twitter accounts of UST organizations are more formal and serious with their posts. So I thought "Why not go in a different direction?" If those other accounts are being serious with their tweets, I wanted to be funny. I wanted to give this Twitter account a human side instead of a formal "We are serious, we post news blah blah blah" feel to it. I want to connect with the followers in a way that would make them appreciate us. I want them to think that they can talk to TomasinoWeb informally, as a friend.

The other organizations are being serious and just simply posting news. I want the 2000+ followers to read something on the lighter side.



I want the followers to know that we try to bring you humor as well, something that everyone needs right now after that dire ordeal that was constant flooding and heavy rains.

Now I'm not taking credit for anything at all. I just copied what ECW wrestler Tommy Dreamer said about competition. If your competition goes one way, you go another. Others are being serious, we go with humor. Once the others start being funny as well, we'll be serious.

July 2, 2012

Grand Apologetic Gestures

Again, a photo of Facebook has got me thinking.


Awww, the first one is so sweet and the second one is so heartbreaking! Bless that guy for giving that girl flowers and damn that guy for ignoring her!

That's your supposed reaction. In reality, we are just outside looking in. We don't know the whole story.

For the first half of the image, the guy does a grand apologetic gesture with a sign that says "I'm Sorry" and flowers for a girl he must have hurt (Wow, he and I are so similar). However, if you think about it, did she actually forgive him? What did the guy do to have to apologize? What did it mean? Was it actually worth apologizing for? Did the girl even accept the apology? Did she say on Twitter that the guy ruined her day? We may never know but somehow, that moment is being played out as romantic and sweet without the proper context.

In the next half of the picture, a girl kneels in front of a guy and the guy doesn't accept the apology. He walks away. Outside looking in, the guy is being vilified as heartless but do we know their situation? Perhaps the girl was the one that did something unforgivable and the guy didn't forgive her yet but rather needed time to think things through. Maybe forgiveness was out of the question. Perhaps the guy didn't want their situation publicized in the middle of a parking lot. There are lots of possibilities. But really, it's not always the guy's fault but somehow, we're vilified as the ones who are always in the wrong and have to make the first move in everything, including apologies.

So what does this show? That guys have to be the ones to make the effort, regardless of what the girls did. What did the caption of that photo say? "Girls are girls and to respect them is the first thing that a guy should do." Yes, that is a good message but what if the girls are the ones in the wrong? Can't these romantic women have some sort of faults or are people so sympathetic to them that it causes double standards? If the woman didn't forgive the guy, surely, people would say "Wow, he must really be a dick! How independent of her!" Everyone should have the same ground of faults. There shouldn't be an unfair gender that gets all of the advantages.

May 20, 2012

TomasinoWeb!

A principle of an old wrestling organization named ECW comes into mind when talking about this organization – it’s best to accentuate the positives and hide the negatives. What are the positives? This organization not only has the most impressive photographers but also the most interesting writers. These photographers and writers are able to show their work on a website designed by talented web designers and amazing digital artists. All of these people – the writers, the photographers, the digital artists, and the designers – are led by dedicated staff members. So, what we have here is a young organization slowly being developed into something a little more impressive every year with members who have various talents coming together to make it all possible.

The most interesting thing about being part of this small organization is actually witnessing its progress from being a small website run by a few random people to a credible news site that was actually cited by Wikipedia and Manila Bulletin as a citation source. This makes people say “Wow, if this organization is good now, imagine what it could be in a year or two” and would make them nearly uncomfortable to miss a second of the organization’s progress as a news website. 

April 30, 2012

Ralphisms – CTHM girls

I always joke about being attracted to those girls majoring in tourism in UST. Why? Their uniforms are hot. That’s all.

…What? You thought there’d be more details to that? Oh alright.

I could remember seeing a group of those tourism girls during my first week in UST. My god, they were attractive. Again, must have been the uniform. But I could remember telling a friend of mine during first year that I would pursue one of them. Again, by the time that semester ended, I stopped caring about them aside from the occasional joking around. Okay, not really occasional but still.

The joke I do with my friends is during a conversation and they’re talking to me about some boring thing. They’re talking about something and I pretend to drift off and stare at some tourism girl passing by.

Friends: *talking about stuff*
(Tourism girl passes by)
Ralph: …I’m sorry, what?
Friends: RALPH!

The joke there is that I’m easily distracted by those girls. In reality, I’m not. I just love my friends’ reaction.

One time, for fiction class (one of my course’s major subjects), we were assigned to do a stalking exercise and write a story about it. We had to observe and write about a person we don’t know and at the same time, that said person shouldn’t know that we’re writing about them. Stalker level to the max! I remember sitting in Plaza Mayor in UST, looking at one of these girls. Of course she doesn't know me and I don't know her and I was aware of how creepy it was.


This next paragraph is actually for the finished paper that I had to do for fiction class. It was actually some of the most detailed stuff I've written so far.

She wore a navy blue vest with yellow green lining on the borders. The green coat of arms belonging to the faculty she was from was sewn on the left side of the vest. Beneath the vest was a white short-sleeved shirt finished off with a translucent yellow green scarf tied in a loop knot. Her skirt had the same shade as the vest, making it seem like one formal dress. The black stockings on her slender legs made the blue of her clothes seem brighter than it was. She was dangling one of her black high heeled shoes on her right foot – perhaps a sign of boredom but remotely impatience. She looked at her beige watch dangling on her left wrist and looked at her surroundings once more. The various students are distant from where she sat, making it seem like there was some sort of force field around this young woman

Hey, don’t judge me. I got a high grade for that paper. Plus, I’m a good writer. Apparently. 18/20 isn't bad.

When my friends read the whole stalking exercise, they legitimately thought that I was obsessed with those girls. I’m not! I just like exaggerating myself to that and plus, that exercise was somehow fun in a weird sort of way. Plus, there wasn’t anyone worth writing about in Plaza Mayor at the time and I was really in a rush. So, the first one I see who could easily be written about was a CTHM girl. So don’t judge me as creepy. I was cramming.

Do I think all of them are the most attractive girls in campus? Of course not. They do have a number of attractive ones there but in my opinion, Arts and Letters has a greater number of attractive girls, but hey, I’m just saying that because I’m in that building every day of the week. When I say that I’m extremely attracted to those CTHM girls and saying things like “I think I’m in love with her” or “That girl’s alone and single? CHALENGE ACCEPTED!” or “I’m gonna go to the CTHM building and get a girl’s number”, that’s the joke. It's not like I'm actually going to flirt with each and every one of them but that's the joke. I know a few of them but a lot of them know me (Valentine's Day '12 but let's not get into that again) so I joke about it. So no, I'm not really attracted to all of them. A few of them are my friends (acquaintances at least) but no, nothing more than that.

April 19, 2012

Limits to Melodrama

For you melodramatic ones. I’m gonna try to get my point across using lyrics just so some of you can understand.

Every guy has a limit. No matter what the soap operas that you see on TV say, most guys cannot be “McDreamy” or “McSteamy”. We realistic guys have flaws. The perfect guy is either in TV shows, in books, or a figment of your imagination. Basically, the perfect guy that every melodramatic girl wants is fictional. So that means you ladies either lower your standards to realistic levels or you stay single and look for that guy that will never come no matter where you search for him.

To be blunt, he can’t always be there. Some of you can’t understand that! Unlike what you “sensitive” (see: “dramatic”) ones think, every guy has a life to live for his own as well. He cannot revolve his world around you. He also has parents and a family to love among other important things in life. What do you want him to say anyway? “You're the air that I breathe. Girl, you're all that I need. And I wanna thank you, lady. You're the words that I read. You're the light that I see. And your love is all that I need”? [Boyzone, “All That I Need”]

No. Just… no. That sounds well in fiction and love songs but in reality? Naaah. That guy would be irrational then. So what if you two aren’t compatible after all? Does that mean he’ll die of suffocation and become illiterate then?

What you want him to say is “Because your kiss is on my list of the best things in life” [Hall and Oates, “Kiss on My List”]. See, you’re not THE best thing in his life but rather one of them, which is just as good, if not, even better. There are other things he has to care about such as family and friends, among other things. Now why can’t some understand that? The guy can’t have a normal life outside of you?
Next, he can’t be always be there to be your shoulder to cry on. He can’t always be there to talk to you. He can’t always be there to listen to you. He can’t always be the “smiley, happy, rainbows-and-unicorns-pooping-flowers” type. He can’t always be there to “cuddle” with you. And no, he’s not being “insensitive”.

If you need him always, and I mean always, you’re using him as an emotional crutch. You have to stand on your own two feet as well. “Oh he’s being insensitive towards my feelings all the time!” No, he does care but he can’t deal with you always. You want Prince Charming to come rescue you, not a real guy. That’s the problem.

And if that’s what you want, then the guy would most likely say “Wanna be your lover, not your fuckin’ [father]. Can't be your savior, I don't have the power. I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain.” [Katy Perry, “Circle The Drain”] See, with those clingy demands about your heart and all that, you want a father, not a boyfriend. 

What some of you overly dramatic women want is for the guy to put you first and if he doesn’t, you’ll say “He’s being self-centered!” Really? REALLY? You want him to put YOU first than everything else? You want his life to revolve around you like you’re the sun? Umm, who’s being self-centered here? The guy who’s balancing his life or the girl who clings on and becomes possessive?

You want us guys to understand you yet you don’t want to understand us? That’s unfair. Now that’s insensitive. It can’t just be all about you, you, and you. Remember, the guy cannot keep on giving you love if the amount you want is beyond his limits. But for the overly dramatic ones that go around and basically demonize the guy for not giving in to your demands, keep doing that and you’re bound to be single for a long time.

I'm Ralph Corleone and that's my opinion.

April 14, 2012

What Your Tumblr Says About You

Having a Tumblr account, in the Tumblr sense, is basically having a place to express yourself and somehow show other Tumblr users that you’re unique, that you could be different from the norms of society.

And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

This thought of “uniqueness” is just a self-imposed veil of feign importance. Just because you have a blog to express yourself does not make you “unique” or “different from the mainstream”. Your Tumblr blog says a lot about you if you use it properly.

Nothing but reblogs of anything
“Look, I just reblog what I see. I’m easily amused and probably have nothing interesting to type!”

Reblogs of GIFs regarding your favorite shows
“I’m a total diehard fan and my life revolves around these scenes from my favorite show! HAHA LOL!”

Posting bad poetry
“I’m trying to be deep and using words as that tool. Watch me butcher metaphors and make these lines rhyme with little to no thought whatsoever!”

Posting good poetry
“I’m creative and I know it.”

Posting photos from your cellphone
“I’m a wannabe photographer who can’t even use a decent camera! I’m trying to be deep but I’m just misunderstood by society, or at least the society in my twisted head.”

Posting legitimately good photos
“I have a good camera and I’m actually using it correctly. I can actually take a good photo of something deep and meaningful, instead of using it to spam everyone with 200 shots of a latte from Starbucks.”

Posting meaningless whining
“I’m totally misunderstood! No one gets me! Watch as I bitch and moan about things with little to no value.”

Posting well-thought out blog posts
“I’m actually using my Tumblr blog correctly. I can post things that have annoyed me or have made me happy but regardless of that, I could still give my readers something entertaining or interesting to read.”

It’s a weird paradox. If someone posts something personal and well-thought out, people would say that the blog sucks and is boring. However, if someone has nothing but images taken from other blogs, people say that the blog is “awesome”. It doesn’t make sense. So basically, if Tumblr is for “expressing yourself” and people actually do express themselves, they’d get verbally abused (at the most) for not being funny enough.

It’s alright to reblog things but still, keep a theme. Simple theme. Like “my life”, “my interests” or “my school”. It’s doesn’t have to be specific like “The funniest things that could happen if you use quantum physics in real life”. If your theme is just “randomness”, get the fuck out of the internet because we don’t need you taking up space.

April 9, 2012

Things People Have to Stop Doing on Twitter

Despite the 140-character limit for each tweet you post on Twitter, it doesn’t stop people from doing things that are beyond sanity and bordering being pitiful and annoying. One long 900-character post is better than twelve 140-character posts because at least you can skip that 900-character post.

Forced trending
When something is trending on Twitter, it means lots of Twitter users are talking about it for the time being. The awful thing about this is that some people (mostly hardcore fans) try to make a certain term trending. If you follow one of these fans, you have the hassle of seeing the same term in 60 more tweets because these are the pitiful ones who have no life and try desperately to add something to the current trending list and when they do, what have they achieved? Nothing.

Nagpaparinig
Okay, so we all know that Twitter is more public than Facebook (although you can set your account to be private but what’s the fun in that?). With people always getting into conflicts or just getting annoyed, it’s natural for them to tweet insults directed at others. Why not just tell them directly and save people the trouble of reading them and asking? Of course it’ll seem entertaining to some who are tsismosa or actually know who those tweets are directed at but to the rest of us who aren’t part of the story and have no intention of being part of the story, please shut up.

The worst case scenario here is that one of your crushes would misunderstand and think that your tweet is directed at them. Hence, they’d eventually start hating you. (I know that feeling, bro.)

I have to admit that I actually do this occasionally but somehow, I make it entertaining and relatable in one way or another, even though I didn’t mean it to be.

Lying about followers
The biggest load of BS I see in my timeline is these quote accounts saying “Follow so-and-so. He can get you 100+ followers” or “WTF, I just gained 100 followers by following so-and-so”. This is bullshit because some people try to bandwagon. One of the people who tweeted that he got 100 followers actually has 28 followers. I know because I checked.

The fake celebrity accounts saying “I’ll personally follow you if you follow so-and-so. I’m checking” is another stupid thing people do, leading gullible and illiterate fans of said celebrity to follow that certain account. And it’s blatant here because, for example, the spelling is obviously wrong. Grammy Award winner Adele has a Twitter account “OfficialAdele” but these “parody accounts” (the only excuse they can use so they won’t get deleted) have similar spelling, replacing some I’s with L’s and all that. Literate people should tell the difference but apparently, being a hardcore fan deprives you from basic literacy.

Also, following them does not gain you anything other than spam. (Again, I know that feeling.)

Tweeting Too Much Information
Twitter is a micro-blogging site but somehow, people tend to abuse that by tweeting every action they do. Not just every action but every thought that pops into their mind and you can see, in just a matter of minutes, how people can go from angry to surprised to angry again to sleepy. As if they were freakin’ celebrities and their followers gave a damn about them. Next thing you know, someone will be tweeting “I’m breathing!” and “I’m exhaling” every few seconds.

Do we really need to know if you’re in the bathroom? Or if you’re having your period? Or if you’re having sexual dreams about your classmate? 

Ralphisms – “Is She Hot?”

One of my favorite things to joke about is this one – the “is she hot”. Basically, every time a friend mentions a girl, I ask “Is she hot?”

Ralph: Where’ve you been?
Friend: Oh I was meeting with a friend. She’s from legal management.
Ralph: Is she hot?
Friend: Dafuq.

Easy, right?

This is actually more suited for me rather than anyone else because it’s a running joke that I am a guy who hunts girls to love and beyond (which is an exaggeration of me). It works well because it’s like a different version of a joke done in “How I Met Your Mother” where Barney impulsively asks “Boobs?” whenever his friends mention a girl.

Instead of asking “Boobs?” (which would get me slapped more times than you can say “Sexual harassment!”), I just ask “Is she hot?”. I remember a friend of mine from sociology whose reaction was priceless when I asked that question. Basically, her face had “What the hell are you talking about, Ralph?” written on it.

When I ask the question “Is she hot?”, it gives lots of different negative thoughts from who I asked. They could think “Damn, is he desperate? How funny” or “Damn, he’s gonna pursue my friend”. Either of those is the reaction I’m going for. 

April 4, 2012

The Gullible Share Jesus

I know I'm not supposed to be posting rants here but goddamn it, I can't stand it anymore.

I hate seeing Jesus on my Facebook news feed. Not that I don't like him (I do) and not that I'm a bad Christian (I really am) but I just don't like these kinds of photos. These bloody photos of Jesus from the film Passion of the Christ are not a good sight for anyone in Facebook. What's worse is that there are conditions when you come across these photos.


"Share if you ACCEPT Him"?
"Share if He means EVERYTHING in our life <3"?
"IGNORE if it doesn't"?

Oh no, I ignored this photo. Jesus must not mean a thing to me! Oh no! Call the priests! I'm a bad man! Bullshit. Hell, even the grammar isn't that great. "Ignore if it doesn't"? Did you just refer to Jesus as "it"? Oh my, that's not very Christian of you.

It's one thing to be Christian but sharing a photo of a bloody Jesus or a photo of an ACTOR will not give you bonus points in your religion. Basically, you think you're sharing that photo and telling everyone that you love Jesus but in reality, you're just spreading some meaningless picture that was made in MS Paint and emotionally blackmailed you by tugging on the strings of your feeble beliefs into sharing it. Just because it says "Ignore if [he] doesn't [mean anything in your life]" does not mean that you shouldn't ignore it! It's not like it's a test or anything.

Another stupid version of this was the "Share if you love Jesus, ignore if you love Satan". An image of the devil from the cult movie Legion was shown as Satan. When I ignored it, I actually felt... nothing. NOTHING. BECAUSE IT'S BULLSHIT. When you share one of these photos that try to parade itself as a way of showing your love to Jesus, you're just proving to anyone that you're a weak, gullible idiot who'll share anything. So stop it. Show your love in private. Don't get anyone else ticked off because you shared 12 pictures of a bloody Jesus Christ "showing your love for him". That's not love you're showing if you share THAT many photos. That's just gullibility.

Share if you like this post. Ignore if you love Satan.

Just kidding.

March 17, 2012

Stubborn Possibilities

I'm not sure if I should call this a paradox (I even had a good name for it - "Ralph's Love Paradox". Too bad I can't use it). Anyway, I've noticed something about hopeless romantics.

It's always said in Twitter accounts, Tumblr blogs, and Facebook quotes that everyone should wait for the right time for love because sooner or later, love finds them. Sounds reasonable. Seems legit. However, some people want to search for their own love story because it's somehow sweeter that way. Now the question is, which is better - to wait or to search?

This is a bit depressing, depending on who you ask, but let's put this in a pessimistic point of view.

If a person waits for love then what if love never gets to that person in the end? Then they've just waited for nothing for all that time. If a person looks for love, what if they never search in the right places at the right moments, and end up not finding love at all? Dear god, being pessimistic sucks.

Optimistic people say that "true love will find a way" and leave it at that (because they're optimistic, duh!). Since there's no indicator, no icon, no popup notification that tells you if you've found true love, you'd have to find out if it really is true love whether it takes 3 months or 3 years.

So basically, the only way to deal with this is to never assume much but also never be pessimistic at all. It's like saying "I'd like to see where this is going" rather than saying "She's/He's the one!" (except it doesn't sound like you're talking about a transgender) and "Oh this'll end badly as usual". It's best to not be overcome by emotions garnered from wanting that love story and be calm about everything.

February 15, 2012

Don't Forget The Past

You can't live in the past. You can't always rely on that to lead you to the future.

However, the past should never be forgotten. It's not like a book where after you finish a chapter, you don't look back. You're where you are in the present because of the past and you have to be grateful, one way or another. You're where you are today because of the rights and wrongs that you've made led you there.

January 15, 2012

What I Want For The Future

I've always had plans for the future actually. Yes, as spontaneous as I can be, I've always had plans for what life I want to have 5 to 10 years from now.

In the future, I'd have a two daughters. If I'm not married by then, I'd just adopt them both and have my friends help me raise them. The single friends would probably be more willing. Those friends who are married are totally gonna be busy with their own kids.

I haven't thought of their full names yet but I do have drafts for them - Elena and Justine. Alright, these names could change in the future because the wife will probably want other names (or male kids) but those two names would be there in case I adopt my daughters. And eventually, I'll tell them the story of how I met their mother and that story would last for a long time. HAHA!

Then I'll try to raise them with the right amount of being a father and a friend to them. Cheesy but I'd wanna try that. I never had that so at least they'll be lucky. I even have a few plans for what to say in their eventual debuts. "I love you and I hope that I've given you, through all these years, what I never had as a child - a father who was always there".

Married or not, I'm gonna get a daughter. Call me crazy.

And eventually they'll get married and... have their last names changed... Oh, I did not think about that. Oh god. Alright, maybe I'll get three daughters, one of them just to take care of me when I'm old. Haha!

January 12, 2012

Story Draft for Fiction

I’m currently in a rut when I’m writing my final short story for fiction class.

The current storyline I have for the paper is “hopeless romantic talks with his friend about his past mistakes with a girl” and that’s when it all goes. Now really, I have lots of experience with that same scenario so I might be able to describe it with a little more detail than others. Plus, for the protagonist's love interest or at least

I took the narration style of the novel “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” except I didn't actually use the same tone of voice. The main character, whose name I haven’t thought of so far, is basically a regular student and his friend is teaching him the basics of infatuation and love and all that in a sarcastic tone similar to that of Chandler Bing from Friends. Yes, my characters borrow traits from sitcoms that I love.

So far, I have 3 pages done and this is just a first draft. Here’s a sample.

And when Ryan finally ticked Jill off, she blocked him from all social media websites they were both in. Plus, she told him something that I could never forget. Now, I’m gonna replace a word that she used a lot with the word “kitten”.
            “You are a kitten idiot. You kitten annoy me with all your talking. I hope you kitten die like the kitten bitch that you are.”
            True story.
Okay, it may not be good but hey, I’m working on it (Plus, that’s basically what happened to me recently. Haha! True story).