2012 In Review, Pt.2

Happy New Year WordPress

It has been a very hectic 2012. Not that it wasn’t fun. I really enjoy my work. As a matter of  fact, I don’t know if I have ever NOT enjoyed my job. There’s something new to learn everyday, and all my previous employment  and this one I have now, let’s me be myself and work with individuals that are so full of talent and creativity, I just have to step up to keep up. I am learning from my team as much as from my superiors, and gee whiz, I sure hope they learn something from me too.

So, where to start?

  • We have been battered by Hybrid Storms this past year. All those water and rain. And the flashfloods, the deaths. It’s sad and frightening that this could happen with all the communication technology available. TS Quinta is barely gone and we still have eight storms lined up. Hope we could get through this in one piece. I would hate to mention the political and governance aspect that contributed to the losses and deaths that were the aftermath of the tropical storms. But there could have been something done to reduce, if not prevent the damages, but . . . oh well, why spoil the mood?
  • My dreams of publishing my stories in graphic novel format got the restart it badly needed. All my previous sketches and drawings, concept art and the synopses. I have never felt that writing bug bite this intense before.
  • I guess 2012 is a bit more tumultous than previous years, with my wife suffering heavily, almost succumbing to the next level chemo-therapy for Osteoarthritis. But she’s a born fighter, and a fierce Probinsiyana, she could hack it with the rest of the world when it comes to being tough. We are still looking for alternative medicines and food supplements, and the kids ahve been very supportive.
  • There were deaths. In the family. Friends I haven’t seen for ages. Prominent personalities. Philippine Cinema. And in the news. Doing motion graphics and simulation drawings for the nightly news makes it hard for me not to be aware of  the recent shootings in Sandy Hook, and all those lost in the storms that visited us. I still don’t like guns. But consensus says we have a need for it. But when a guy shoots full auto and the target are non-combatants, it really makes it even harder to accept such ease. for want of a better word, to murder and kill.
  • I have  my own personal website now. I know I should have built one with WordPress for my portfolio, but I’m reserving this blog  for my graphic novel, so instead I put together something of a rag-tag site with Wix.com, and it looks cool!  Have to earn extra get the domain in 2013. How’s that for positivity, huh?
  • Social Networks seem to have some high points and low ones in 2012. Facebook still occupies the top spot, and Twitter is fast becoming the new venue for quick news and connectivity, and more so because mobile technology just upped the ante. And I thought laptops and netbooks are high tech, don’t look now but mobile phones and tablet are getting more memory, more connectivity and what computing power! never have I imagined that laptops could play second to mobile. And it has been the year when apps did create a stir.
  • Music. Now this is a constant.  Because music, like art, builds upon itself, and there is really no surprise that I have also began to collect all the music I have lost through the years. And found new ones! The Roxymorrons, Silent Sanctuary, Peso Movement, Slash N’ Burn,  to name a few, and I will see them live in 2013.
  • I haven’t shot anything at all in 2012. With a camera, I mean. I have long accepted tha fact that I am not a photographer, just a hack with some hits, and a whole load of misses. Still, I hope I could still purchase a proper DSLR. But the Indios, now there’s a passionate group of people who love the art to have planned and will publish a coffee table book in 2013. Just can’t participate. My photos are, in my opinion, not really worthy of printing at all. But things will get better this year.
  • The movies really made a killing at the box office.
  • TV5News made waves. And will be more formidable in 2013. Count on that.

I guess there’s so much to remember, and then there are some I need to get past and be done with. Blogs will be buzzing with their own lists,

My only wish and fervent hope is to avoid making all those mistakes, really bad ones, and be more creative.

And write more.

And play my 12-string, back from the luthier for some repairs and maintenance.

And one more thing:

I consider myself a real badass now that my 44th birthday is coming. So glad to have made it this far alive and still full of ideas and dreams.

Empowerment, Hypersensitivity and Being Insensitive

I had an idea earlier, when I was reading and looking at reactions by the “Netizens” on last Holy Week‘s infamous characters that riled the Catholic sensibilities of the general Filipino population, the Scarborough Standoff , and Tsunami warnings in Indonesia. The girl who posed for a photowhile on the cross got nearly lynched, in a manner of speaking, just because she was too clueless to think of her actions. There was also a couple of ladies from the Netherlands (Netherworld?) who had fun posing and participating in what they view as weird and adventurous: the Senakulo. They were Atheists, or so they claim and we cannot fault them for their beliefs. I mean they spent their money travelling halfway across the globe just to see what the fuss was all about and I guess they got what they came for. Couldn’t find a good link so you just have to search for yourself. So, reading posts on my Tweetdeck , I was puzzled. Here we are damning this girl who had her photo taken on the cross (and those two Atheist-foreigners) about how they were “disrespectful”, that they were “sinning against God”, and they they should “burn in hell” for their actions, and got me thinking – Annabelle Rama, a somewhat colorful character in Showbiz have been “taking the name of the Lord in vain” over and over by including the name og God as her witness in most of her Twitter rantings, and while I was really getting a cramp in my stomach, because I haven’t made  coffee yet, here comes one of those absurd tweets form a dummy account for Marian Rivera. The mind played it’s game so I posted my own opinion of these two.

And soon enough there were some replies from people I know. And the followers. It was fast! fast and furious! Like those protesters against VFA were fast. I mean those guys were there, rattling their cans making a ruckus about the VFA, yet they were absent the whole time NoKor was grandstanding with their rocket launch, and the Chinese vessels were face to face with our PN.

THAT fast.And then there are these

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And This . . . . .OMG: Tweets, Facebook welcome in Mass. Courtroom

(Taken from the Associated Press)

BOSTON (AP) — Cameras rolled Monday in one of the busiest courtrooms in Massachusetts, recording murder arraignments, traffic and drug cases in a new experiment: how bloggers and other citizen journalists can cover courts using new media and social media.

The business of a bustling courtroom in Quincy District Court began streaming live over the Web for anyone to see. The courtroom, which usually does not allow reporters to use even computers, will now welcome laptops, iPads and smartphones, and will encourage live blogging, Tweeting and Facebooking.

It’s all part of an experiment court officials around the country hope will help establish suggested guidelines for courts as they grapple with how to use digital technology and how to accommodate citizen journalists and bloggers.

The pilot project in Quincy, just south of Boston, is believed to be one of the broadest experiments in the country for using new media in the courts. While many states allow cameras in the courtroom and some stream supreme court arguments online, the Quincy project is unusual because it will continuously stream live, unedited court proceedings all day. The courtroom will be unusually welcoming to bloggers and citizen journalists with a special seating section and Wi-Fi connection.

“In the past, reporters were the connection to the nation’s courts, but with the changes in the media landscape, there are just less and less journalists who are that bridge to the public,” said John Davidow, executive producer of the “OpenCourt” project.

“At the same time, there’s been the proliferation of reporting tools that are in the hands of all citizens, including iPhones and other smartphones that can record. People can Tweet, blog, report. The idea is to bring the courts and what goes on in the courts closer to the people so they understand how the law and the justice system work in this country,” he said.

These new modern tools are not widely embraced by the nation’s courts, where judges, jurors and lawyers are restricted in their use of digital technology and social media.

In some publicized cases, jurors using portable electronic devices in other courtrooms have caused mistrials and overturned convictions. A judge in San Francisco dismissed 600 potential jurors after several acknowledged going online to research the criminal case they were called to consider. A federal judge in Florida declared a mistrial after eight jurors admitted Web surfing about a drug case.

And last year, “Twitter instructions” were issued to federal judges to read to jurors, barring them from visiting Internet chat rooms, blogs or social websites and from using electronic devices in connection with their cases.

The Quincy project is funded by a $250,000 grant through Knight News Challenge, a contest that encourages media innovation, to Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate WBUR, where Davidow works as executive editor for new media.

Davidow and others met regularly for months with court staff and lawyers to work out rules for the project.

But as the experiment got under way Monday, not everyone was happy about it.

“People at home being able to watch this and know my business — I don’t like that,” said Brian Dodge, 19, of Brockton, who was in court Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct. “Why does everybody need to see my case (online)? It’s nobody else’s business.” Continue reading