Google+ launched early this month. I got my hands on it almost right away, so far all I’ve experienced were all pure awesomeness. I can’t say it will surpass Facebook or Twitter I believe they’re all different platforms. Facebook is more social, you have ALL your friends and you interact through sharing, updates, games and groups. Twitter is more like a gossip machine or that thought in your head you just want to let out. Twitter’s fast and really fun! but unreliable.  This is where Google+ comes in, it’s fast, fun effective. It’s a jack of all trades (for now) it took what we love from Twitter(the publicity) and what we love from Facebook(the privacy, I think) and put it all together.

First, let’s start with Twitter.

  • Twitter is basically a public thought bubble. You share with your followers, they share it, they react to it and so on. You follow people, you do the same thing.
  • When you try to collaborate, it’s insanely hard! Try explaining the next social media marketing campaign in 140 characters or less. Great way to interact but super limited.
  • Twitter’s facts are totally unreliable. Remember what I said of it being a gossip machine? It gives out the wrong info almost half the time. Take the NFL lockout for instance, talks happened earlier tonight.  If you followed it through Twitter, half the people tweeting with #lockout said that it was over, in reality it was only a proposal that didn’t even fall through in the end.

Verdict: Twitter is a social spot for anyone, you can interact with almost everyone, fast but sometimes too fast.

Facebook

  • Facebook is awesome for its applications, a great way to kill time, an awesome way to share.
  • It’s a great social networking site for friends and family. I even admit that I’ve found lost friends and old family I haven’t talked to in ages.
  • It’s an excellent way to interact with people with chat and discussions for groups. However it can be limited to the person in the group and nothing more.
  • It’s more private, because it has to be a mutual friend confirmation between you and your buddy. And it gets a little awkward when you have family in your list, adding them individually in your privacy list is really a pain.

Verdict: Facebook is definitely the social spot to go to for sharing and keeping in touch with family, But it does get a little awkward when you share EVERYTHING with friends and family. Privacy settings are a pain to use and your interactions are limited to only your friends.

Now, lets move on to why I use Google+ more.

Google+ is not your traditional social networking site. You don’t follow or friend people just because you know them or think they’re cool. You follow them to collaborate. Discussion in Google+ have more depth and have more opinions than all the social sites combined. Public posts can be commented by anyone, anyone can join a group discussion. The brainstorming factor is amazing. I even had cool discussions with technology elites around the net. It’s basically a community. Circles can even control what you share with who, no more “awkward drinking posts your mom saw on Facebook”. I can post my foursquare check-ins with real friends and not worry about anyone hunting me. I can even share this blog post with anyone following me.

Don’t get me all wrong, I’m not bias. Like I said, they work for their own reasons. Facebook has loads of apps, Twitter is really fast in giving info, Google+ is an awesome platform for collaborating. I’m a heavy user of all 3.  But now, since I’m an I.T person looking for a job and wanna get better at it, I use Google+ more.


So Far Away

19Jul11

Let’s face it, I’m not the most perfect person out there and neither are you. I’ve been through a lot, major downs and some minor ups. I’m the kind of guy that procrastinates till the very end, the kind of guy that ditches his friends to spend time with his girlfriend, I’m not proud of that but I sure am not hiding those facts. I’ve graduated but I still don’t know where my career is taking me, I’m indecisive, naive and sometimes pretentious but I don’t care. When you get to see the ugly inside a person you’d be seeing all of him, every cell.

Those post-graduate dreams you have are definitely achievable but sometimes are not enough. Corporate slave? that doesn’t cut it for me. The words “I want to work” aren’t enough. I’d rather wake up in the morning saying, ” I want to be great”. I’d rather be poor, unemployed and happy than having money, a job and not being motivated. No matter what, since I am super naive I’d rather live out my dreams than climb that social status chain. Reality bites your soul big time.

I don’t want the latest tech, I don’t care if you’re constantly going out and socializing. There’s plenty of time for that when all my dreams come true. I want to be pressured, I want to be challenged and all that culminating to my own greatness.

I am ‘that’ person, the douche, the dreamer, the commoner. I am not as special as a governor’s son, I am not as special as a star athlete. I’m this one person who strives to be better any way he cans. I’m not proud of the mistakes, I’m not proud of my laziness, the only thing I’m good at is keeping this blog up all these years. I want to be amazing, I want that opportunity to help me be amazing. I don’t want to stop dreaming, I don’t want reality to wake me up telling me otherwise.


We are all aware that the NFL has hid underground after the Superbowl declaring a lockout in March. And now, a new league has declared it less than a month after its Finals. The NBA has recently declared a lockout for the 2011-2012 season. Sucks for us fans right now huh?

What is a lockout? For all you people that don’t know, A lockout occurs when an employer refuses to let its employees work. It’s caused to stop employee bitching (strikes) or imminent work stoppage.

Carrying on, we all know the NFL’s story for the lockout. There’s a shitload of money approximately more tha $9 billion that needs to be split up. Owners and players don’t know how to split that up, they have a problem of making too much money. The NBA on the other hand has a different problem, over half of the teams are losing money.  Major teams/markets are reeling in all the cash when other teams are struggling to keep afloat.

It’s mind boggling to see that two of sports most prominent leagues are in this dilemma where one doesn’t know what to do with its money while the other is trying to find ways to make a profit.

Money is probably just the icing on a ginormous crap cake, but let’s be real money moves practically everything. The NFL season is starting in 2 months, pre-season is hurting. They’re even prepared to drop games if needed. The NBA season is still roughly 4 months away things look rather dim. We’ll definitely get our football season that’s for sure.

The NBA is trying to keep teams alive, trying to figure out a way to get the numbers up. As a fan this is a bold move, I wouldn’t recommend it but it’s necessary. They don’t have as such a die hard fan base like the most terrible NFL team.

In wild analogy here’s the NBA lockout simplified, Cleveland has a star, Miami has a star and Toronto has a star. Those stars have their own fan base and revenue. Now, Cleveland’s star and Toronto’s star joined Miami giving them 3 times the revenue. Cleveland and Toronto without a star loses a chunk of their earnings.

But who am I really? I’m just a fan after all.


keeping it O.G

01Jul11

Been thinking about starting a new blog for art, design, and professional purposes. Then again that would be boring. The old 15 year old me in this blog is probably crying or drawing. When you look at it, I’ve written some good and some embarrassing things. I’m no poet, I’m no author, I’m a person. Which makes my blog even better I think. So, In honor of my old lovestruck and immature self.

 

My emo posts stay.


There’s a movement going on about being proud Filipinos. I’m leaning towards that movement. Why? Here’s why.

I’m not hating on the essence of Filipino Pride in general, but we’re being proud for all the wrong reasons. Being proud of your nationality is showing how better we are than other countries, other cultures. Filipino pride is when we show pride in our government, in our ability to not ask for help during calamities, showing how our camaraderie is all we need.

A nation’s pride can’t be harnessed by a single person’s achievement alone. Manny Pacquiao will get better and richer, he trains and works hard for it; while you will stay the same, same desk job, same routine, same commute. Charice Pempengco will get better and even more famous, but she didn’t get famous because she was Filipino, she got lucky that someone like Oprah Winfrey acknowledged her talents. Filipinos who excel abroad could care less, they don’t know how it is to live here, they don’t know the struggles average Filipinos have, sure they have Filipino blood in their veins but other than that, there’s nothing else.

I believe the greatest step to Filipino Pride was our parent’s ability to rise up against a person they considered a tyrant. A peaceful revolution. Good and bad points.

Good: we came together as a country, we all synced and believed a common goal.

Bad: nothing good came afterwards, we were in debt, the poor became poorer, the rich became richer.

I want to proud of a country that can go against any odds. Like Japan, they were able to rebuild after World War II and they progressed better than the west. Even when they were struck by that terrible earthquake and tsunami in March, they were able to rise up. They didn’t ask for help, they did it as a country.

Us on the other hand were running after trucks, acting selfishly, not as a country but as individuals. Considering that our disaster was not as severe as theirs. We didn’t help because we loved our countrymen, we did it because it was “in” it was “cool”, otherwise; disaster or not, we’ll be helping each other.

I want to be proud of a country that can deliver progress. Take Singapore for instance, they used to be as bad as us, in the bottom of the 3rd world pool. In a matter of decades, with endless progress turned into a high class country.

The trick is to keep the “great minds” in the country, performing, advancing. Our country is so messed up that the “Filipino Dream” is to get out of the Philippines. Our economy is fueled primarily with OFWs sending money over. Our “great minds” would rather work for a different country than their own.  Progress for the Philippines is nothing more than a pipe dream. Such a shame too, we produce so many gifted individuals.

I wan’t to be proud of a country that fights corruption and longs for equality. Just because you’re rich and your family’s rich doesn’t mean that you and your brothers can run for office. Just because your mom was an ex-president you still don’t have the right to win the election. Rich stay in power, while potential leaders are left to rot. This is the endless spiral of Philippine politics, no wonder the poor stay poor face it, these so-called officials have no idea how it is to live in the ghetto. How can you fight corruption when even enforcers are corrupt as well? Straight road my ass.

In the end, individual achievements do not count as national pride. I don’t care if you wear a Team Manila Rizal shirt, that’s just insulting his memory. National pride, is accepting that we are or can be superior to any other country. We don’t have to leave the country for a better life, we can get through any kind of ordeal, because we are Filipino.

However, that is not the case. We still have much to learn, as a culture, society, and a country. My name is Reian, and I’m not proud to be a Filipino.


Easter Sunday is upon us. For some people it’s a day for Church and whatnot. I remember a Breakfast Buffet and some egg hunting. Gotta love those plastic eggs filled with candy and whatnot. It’s like a Halloween but looking all prim and proper.

But seriously, I’m too lazy to go scavenging on old photo albums looking for a young me, hunting colored eggs with “RF” on the side. You gotta love those days though, not as that Hallmark Holiday that’s labeled but the family loving day.  May it be painting eggs, looking for eggs, waiting in line at the Family Restaurant, Easter is the BOMB!

So, to make this a short post.

HAPPY EASTER FELLAS!


From this

THE DARK KNIGHT

to this

epic? or out of place?