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25
Aug

Challenge Accepted – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Benj Arriola participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Benj Arriola participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I never really blog as much as I did before. So every once in a while I need to post something?!?!

The Nomination

Mike Lopez nominated me for the ice bucket challenge and I accepted the challenge.

Challenge Accepted

So I accept and here is my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Performance

I nominated family in the Philippines:
Genoveva Arriola, Helene Grace Espino

Family in the US:
Dawn Camille Garcia, Jamie Garcia, Marcia Arriola

SEO/Social people in the Philippines
Jason Acidre, Kit Cuenta

Remember this is for raising awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Donate to ALSA at http://www.alsa.org/donate/

UPDATE (08-29-2014): I had to do this all over again, but this time as a group. IMI’s #IceBucketChallege

IMI's Ice Bucket Challenge

IMI’s Ice Bucket Challenge

15
Apr

Blood Moon – Reddish Moon During a Lunar Eclipse

Just my video of the Red Blood Moon lunar eclipse last April 15, 2014 at 12:00 midnight.

Blood Red Moon

This was shot with a hand held Canon Vixia HFR40, with 53X Zoom (32X Optical Zoom). No tripod so it is a bit unstable.

Also taken in the background supposed to be Mars. If you are looking at this just a few minutes after this was uploaded, the video might still be processing on YouTube so it may be a bit blurry.

What actually makes the moon red is the same reason that makes the sky red during sunset and sunrise, it is explained near the end of this blog post. Since the sun’s rays passes by the earths atmosphere, the sunlight cast on the moon now appears reddish.

18
Mar

aiculedssul – I Cracked the Mortal Kombat cheat code.

Mortal Kombat

Then some cheat code started spreading in magazines and emails that you can increase the power of your player by typing in the code:

aiculedssul

Type this while the game was loading and it worked. I always thought it was just some random characters, and I just recently found out what it meant.  Read moreRead more

1
Dec

Automatic Electronic Configuration in Excel

Just another Excel exercise, displaying electronic configuration. All you need to enter is the atomic number (which is also the number of electrons in the atomic state of an element) Nothing really special, just some series of if statements and some text formatting. Download it here. Electronic Configuration

25
Nov

Using Microsoft Excel in Solving 2 or 3 Unknown Variables Using Matrices in Row Echelon Form

My daughter was working on some match assignment solving algebraic equations but instead of doing the usual transposition stuff, she was solving it in a matrix setting them up in row Echelon form. Something even I needed to review a bit to refresh my memory how it is done.

She then asked me if Excel can solve this to double check. And I said yes and no. There is no automatic way to show the row Echelon form of the matrix but I can certainly make some way to display it. So challenge accepted.

If you need to review yourself on the row Echelon form, I found this video to be useful.

If you need an MS Excel file that can solve 2 or 3 equations with 2 or 3 unknown variables respectively in matrices using the row Echelon form and needs to see the complete solution, you can try this file I’ve created. If you find this useful, you are free to use an distribute as long as you mention it was made by me, and link back to this page. Enjoy! Download it here: Row-Echelon-Form

 

27
Jun

Sunil Bhagwan Escapes Death from Jaws

Sunil Bhagwan Escapes Death from Jaws

Sunil Bhagwan Escapes Death from Jaws

27
May

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vs. Cain Velasquez in UFC 160 – Premature Stoppage by Mario Yamasaki

C’mon how could that be stopped right away? Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has a face as hard as stone like the statues at Easter Island!

Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva with a face as hard as Easter Island status. Fight was stopped prematurely.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva with a face as hard as Easter Island status. Fight was stopped prematurely.

13
Feb

Math/Logic Problem and Answer

Five employees at the Wild Fowl Publishing Company each come to work by a different one of five means: car, railroad, subway, and walking. They hold these positions at the company: art director, editor, publisher, receptionist, and secretary. Two of them are men named Finch and Marten, while three of them are women named Fulmer, Gannet, and Hawk. From the information given, determine the position held by each person as well as the means by which each one gets to work each day.

  1. Neither of the men walk to work but one is the art director and the other is not the publisher or secretary.
  2. The publisher is named Hawk or Fulmer and none of these takes the railroad or a car.
  3. Mr. Finch does not come by railroad and he is not editor.
  4. The female receptionist is not named Fulmer and neither of these two walks to work.
  5. The secretary does not take the bus to work.

Solution:

Math / Logic Problem

 

  • Mr. Finch is the Art Director and drives a Car.
  • Mr. Marten is the Editor and takes the Railroad.
  • Ms. Fulmer is the Secretary and takes the Subway.
  • Ms. Gannet is the Publisher and Walks to work.
  • Ms. Hawk is the Receptionist and takes the Bus.
3
Sep

So What’s Epal?

Five Classifications of Epal

Five Classifications of Epal

I was about to re-share a photo posted by When In Manila on Facebook, when a friend of mine here in the US saw it. The image had everything written English, except for one word, which was Epal. I had to explain it and gave the etymology of the word. And I decided to blog about it’s etymology.

What is Epal?

Filipinos have this weird way of turning some words into Filipino slang words by flipping the order of syllables, or flipping the order of sounds, or flipping the order of some letters or all letters. Where that method of creating slang words came from,  I don’t know.

Looking at the word epal, this originally started with the Tagalog word for paper, which is papel. When you flip the two vowels, it turns into pepal, and after saying it over and over by various people, for some reason, the first “p” got dropped and turned into epal.

So What if Epal means Paper? Read moreRead more

6
May

Super Moon! May 5, 2012 Photos – View from San Diego, California

Photo 3 of Super Moon taken on May 5, 2012 from San Diego / Escondido, California

Super Moon taken on May 5, 2012 from San Diego / Escondido, California

 

So probably many of you have heard tonight May 5, 2012) is the night when the moon should appear larger and brighter than it normally is. I can definitely see that it is indeed brighter. But seeing the moon to be larger would not be that easy to notice. According to the smart science people (you know astronomers, NASA people, Wikipedia updaters and stuff in news results), the moon will appear 14% larger. C’mon, would you even notice that?

Supermoon May 5, 2012 - The moon is 14% bigger, but can you really notice 14%?

Supermoon May 5, 2012 - The moon is 14% bigger, but can you really notice 14%?

For those that already took a look outside, did you noticed any difference in the appearance of the moon? Were you disappointed if the supermoon didn’t look as super at all? If you look at the image above, 14% increase may be hard to notice in a circle. Read on to find out which one of the circles is larger. Read moreRead more

14
Nov

Manny Pacquiao Transforms Antonio Margarito’s Face

Antonio Margarito's face transform into a "zombie like" appearance after fighting Manny Pacquiao

Fight went the distance for 12 rounds of non-stop action. Manny Pacman Pacquiao wins by unanimous decision. Another achievement by the Filipino fighter. Learn more about his interesting boxing career.

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Greatest Boxer of All Time – Paperback
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Yes, Manny Pacquiao also writes books. He is the author of this hard cover book.