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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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January 09, 2006



It was me you were hoping would answer this, wasn't it? ;)

Okay, basically page rank is an indicator of which webpages link to yours and how popular those pages are. This is supposed to measure the "quality" of your page, which of course only applies if you accept the rather dubious contention that popular people (or sites, in this case) recognize quality. So whether page rank actually fulfills its function as a universal standard is up for (frequent and often vicious) debate, but since you're not a business or money-making website, it really means next to nothing for your purposes.

Hope that made sense!


Oh, for a different blog-related thing which you actually SHOULD know, I'll be posting a relevant entry this week, okay?


Hi Nikki!!! YES, you must be psychic, because I was hoping you would shed lots of your light on this matter. :) And I'll definitely watch out for your post (not hard to do -- since I visit your site daily, as you may already know). Thanks again! Nice to know there really are things I shouldn't worry about --although I stuck that Page Rank thingy at the bottom just because it makes me look like I know what I'm doing here. Or something.


hi Gigi!

I literally laughed my heart out reading your factorial incident. I can imagine how perplexed you were with those exclamation points.

Math has always been my Waterloo.


Hi Duke - I swear I never felt so dumb in class before (and since). Serves me right -- I'd cut Algebra class so often, I'm surprised I passed (with a B, even -- if you can believe it).


By simply being a mac user ranks you way up there, in my opinion. He he.

BTW, math is the only subject in school that I was sorta, kinda okay. The rest, I'm still unsure how I passed and moved on to the next level. Oh well....


Hi John - Let me get this straight: you CHOSE to skip MacWorld in SFO. CHOSE. And you were all set already, with tickets and everything (and now have to deal with a flight credit you can use only for one year from time of booking -- and hopefully you're not restricted to the same routing). Hmmm...


Guys I dated at school were the geek types who can solve equation and numbers just a click with their fingers.

I survived college algebra alright...

page ranks eh.. I dont even have time. I am still struggling to finish my other blog. I have another one away from food you know.... ;-)

do you have sitemeter thingie?


well i just hate math

Anyway, i'm not much into all blogging tricks like pings, ranks or rss feeds. when i joined PinoyBlog it's more of wanting to belong to a community and getting to know other people, yah know?.


Hi Sha - Typepad has something like that built in -- that's another thing I'm not too clear about. Like, what's it counting really, anyway? I guess the way I look at it is: as long as the number keeps going up, then someone's still reading. :)

Hello Dex - I feel the same way. But unfortunately, unlike you, I don't know how to execute the blog designs I have inside my head. If I did, I'd be using Typepad Pro or Moveble Type, etc. I'm now trying to figure out how to design a banner without using fancy-schmancy software. I might just have to bribe my graphic design major niece. :)


Hi Gi,

I remember factorials way back in 1st year college. Especially how a friend would yell out emphatically the number which had the exclamation point. Fbn


Hello Mahal - You mean there was someone else??? Phew, akala ko, ako lang ang tanga (I sincerely believe that was my dumbest college moment, even more than the "trook" for "truck" recitation bit I did for Joey back then).

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