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The Internet celebrates its 40th anniversary today!

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Happy 40th birthday to man’s greatest –and weirdest– invention: the Internet!!!

Birth of the Internet

Commemorative plaque of the birth of the Internet at the Leland Stanford Junior University.

It would already be superfluous if I write about the Internet’s history or its accomplishments. All I could write about is a supposition: what would’ve happened to modern Pinoy pop culture without the Internet?

There would have been no social networking like Friendster or Facebook or Multiply; there would have been no YouTube and the like (YouPorn?).

There would’ve been no MP3s and CD burning and music piracy (which is actually a good scenario).

The inmates of the Cebú Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (see the famous viral video below) would have remained dancing among themselves within the confines of their prison grounds and not for the world stage.

Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda would’ve been total unknowns wherever they go (putting famous rock band Journey on a neverending –you got that right– journey for a fitting vocalist).

Could we even survive without sex scandals?! Character actress and medical doctor Maricar Reyes would’ve remained a b!tc# behind the scenes, and fellow doctor Hayden Kho would’ve remained scotfree using hidden videos to record his sexual trysts with some of the hottest babes in town (it would’ve thus been a bane to the local porn industry, LOL!!!). Nothing more can be said or written about Katrina Halili.

Articles and photos for the hugely popular Flesh Asia Daily 3.0 would’ve been distributed in pamphlets, as if they’re leftist literature, LOL!!!

Of course, who can ever forget Mark Lápid’s obnoxious “saging lang ang may puso” movie clip?

Willie Revillamé would’ve remained verbally unstoppable and more arrogant without the online petition to oust him from multimedia giant ABS-CBN.

And then we also have some acts of journalism/heroism, such as the recent controversy between Blog ni Ella and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral.

And I just wonder what Manolo Quezon III (a prolific blogger and political analyst) would do with the extra hours that will be left behind when going online remained but just a fevered dream.

And the worse thing that could ever happen without the Internet: there would been no FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES and no ALAS FILIPINAS.

Indeed, without the internet, life could have been a total bore to computer geeks.

But this doesn’t mean that the Internet’s nonexistence would’ve made life miserable. Of course not. Just as the best things in life are free, the best literature ever written –be it dissertations or novels or historical literature– are still those that required painstaking research. Something that doesn’t require a click of the mouse, something that will require you to literally turn pages from thick tomes.

Information back then may not be as fast and readily available compared to what the internet can do. But the conditions and the environment of long time ago paved the way for the conceptualization and eventual creation of the Internet.

See you in the next 40 years, Mr. Internet!

Just don’t take over our minds.

What if my brain's connected to the Internet through wires? Man! I'd be swishing inside your servers! That would be awesome!


WordPress Connectivity Problem?

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I had a momentary scare just a few minutes ago. It’s because I wasn’t able to access this English-language blog of mine. Darn, I’ve already posted more than 30 blogposts, and even included unpublished essays and some poems!

This connectivity problem lasted for almost 10 minutes or so. Surely, it wasn’t an internet connectivity issue because I was surfing the net when it happened. I was able to access other websites without any hassle. But just to make sure, I sent my friend April Katigbak (through the chat application in Facebook) the link for FILIPINO SCRIBBLES just to check if the connection problem is on my laptop. But moments later, she replied and told me that she couldn’t access the page as well (the infamous “page cannot be displayed” also appeared on her screen).

I tried visiting WITH ONE’S PAST, TRAVELER ON FOOT, and FLESH ASIA DAILY (FAD 3.0). I also tried accessing WORDPRESS itself — but I couldn’t. I suddenly felt weak, ready to puke out the late lunch I was eating. The problem reminded me of what happened to Arnold’s WITH ONE’S PAST last year; it somehow got deleted while he was tweaking it. But I wasn’t tweaking mine!

I tried connecting to these WORDPRESS sites several times. Finally, I was able to get hold of FAD 3.0 but with much difficulty. I was still alarmed, though, because although FAD 3.0 is powered by WORDPRESS, the domain is already owned by JB Lazarte whereas WITH ONE’S PAST and TRAVELER ON FOOT are still hosted for free.

My wife was getting concerned, too, because she knows how important my writings are to me. She even thought that maybe the IT people of Malacañang did something to close it down (haha!) Too bad, I don’t have copies of what I wrote anymore. So I started to write fear-filled messages on my Facebook account’s Wall ( is missing…” and “Holy smokes! WordPress cannot be accessed! I’m visiting other wordpress weblogs — THEY COULD NOT BE ACCESSED!!!”)

Then, before I thought of banging my face across my laptop monitor, I was finally able to connect to FILIPINO SCRIBBLES and to other WORDPRESS sites. April also replied to one of my Facebook posts, confirming that she can already access my blog.

Whew! Talk about scary.

WORDPRESS, what in blue blazes happened? Could you please explain???!!!

Wordpress has just scared the hell out of me!

Wordpress has just scared the hell out of me!

And to other bloggers who read this, I have a friendly reminder: make sure that you have an extra copy of each and every article that you plan to post in your respective blogs, so just in case something like this happens, there won’t be any suicidal thoughts.

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