When the gods wish to punish us…

From The West Wing, Season 3, Episode 13 (The Two Bartlets), as said by Toby  Ziegler…

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“Quando dio, ole castigarci ci manda, quello che desideriamo.”
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.

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Under the Dome: A new novel from Stephen King…

There are times when being on Facebook can be very rewarding… some of those instances were the ads that usually show up on the right side of your page when you’re on Facebook… and one of those ads brought to my attention an upcoming new book from my all-time favorite American author, Stephen King.

Stephen King’s new book is named “Under the Dome” and it’s gonna be out on November 10, 2009… that’s Tuesday, next week.  Below is a short synopsis of what the book will be about, straight from :

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when–or if–it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens–town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing–even murder–to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

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The Gathering Storm…

Okay, so I went to Target with Terrie yesterday and after about an hour of browsing around, I picked up two things that I could’ve gotten elsewhere – a big bag of Sun Chips (French Onion), and the latest book in the Wheel of Time saga, The Gathering Storm.

I’ve known about the book’s impending release for a few months now, but when it was finally released last week, I had a somewhat lukewarm enthusiasm to run out to the nearest bookstore and buy it.  This was a far cry from several years ago, when I was even waiting for the bookstore to open so I can be one of the first to read it.  A lot of it stems from the way the series has progressed in the last three to four books.  The pace had slowed down to a crawl, there were more characters being introduced that it almost rivalled War and Peace, and the “beginning of the end” was nowhere in sight.  While I appreciate long, rich tales like The Lord of the Rings, The Sword of Truth and The Dark Tower series, I somehow felt that more than ten books and almost twenty years of telling that single story is really pushing it…

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Is the “Tagalog Word of the Day” gonna make its comeback?

That’s what I get asked by some of my friends, after they had a rude awakening at seeing that my blog spam is back…  Yeah, instead of saying “Nice! Good to see you writing again!” or “Welcome back! Long time, no spam!” or even “Oh, it’s you again… oh joy…”, what some of them asked me was “Is your tagalog words coming back?”

Of course, I was initially confused by the question because I my brain didn’t register the context of it, and I wanted to reply, “Aking minamahal na kaibigan, hindi maibsan ang aking lubos na kaligayahan na dulot ng iyong katanungan, at ikinagagalak kong ipahiwatig sa iyo na ang aking gunita ay patuloy na pinupunan ng ating minamahal na wika, at ang sinumang bumulwag ng aking mariing katapatan ay aking isasalya sa pangpang at ipupukol sa madilim at maruming karagatan bago ako humimlay sa aking silid tulugan…”

(My dear friend, my extreme happiness cannot be sated due to your question, and I’m happy to tell you that my thoughts are always filled by our beloved language, and anyone who tries to tear down my intense resolve will be slammed at the seashore and then thrown into the murky, dark ocean before I sleep in my bedroom…)

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The Godfather, once again…

Just spent the last couple of hours watching The Godfather on DVD (for the sixth time) …

I have been convincing my brother, Rodell, to watch it for the longest time. He has slight skepticism towards “gangster” movies, and I told him that he should try watching the movie that almost every American has probably seen in his or her lifetime. He made the first step by sitting around during the first few scenes of the movie, with me doing a little background as he watched (a’la Cliff’s Notes) … I seem to be getting his interest, although he is still understandably skeptic.

Maybe the recent interest can be attributed to a PS2 game, Grand Theft Auto III, which he has been playing for the past few days. The gangster-ridden plot seems to intrigue him, and it may be slowly conditioning his mind to accepting the dark life in the underworld.

Maybe he can finally watch it next week, or next month. It would be a shame to not experience one of the greatest American movies ever produced.

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