Wednesday, April 04, 2007

William, It Was Really Nothing

"the rain falls hard on a humdrum town,
this town has dragged you down,
oh the rain falls hard on a humdrum town..."
-- The Smiths

but it's friggin' blazing here, and no rain. for some reason, though, heavy clouds outside qc this morning. And since it's the 4th of April, from Wikipedia, some of the most memorable events in the annals of history that took place on this fateful day. i'm not posting everything on the list (for some reason, dominating the entries listed were "important" events from the US). so here are just the ones i feel seem funnily interesting, eeriely grave, and disturbingly sublime:

1581 - Francis Drake completes a circumnavigation of the world and is knighted by Elizabeth I.
1814 - Napoleon abdicates for the first time.
1818 - The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).
1841 - William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia becoming the first President of the United States to die in office and the shortest term served.
1949 - Twelve nations sign The North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
1964 - The Beatles occupy all top five positions on the Billboard singles chart in the United States.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
1968 - Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 6.
1973 - The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.
1975 - Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

the latest entry is da best:

2001- Local Philadelphia wrestling promotion ECW files bankruptcy


i'm wondering now why the last entry there is already 6 years old. had there been no events "historical" enough these past few years? (well, in fairness, maybe the guys over at wikipedia have simply not "refreshed" the site yet).

so to refresh our collective memories, here follows a list of "highly important" events that have happened today, from the headlines of some of our local papers. (let's just say i'm doing this "in the name of love" (I know, baduy U2 reference). at dito lang sa pilipinas lahat to. di na natin kailangang lumayo pa.

the thing is, echoing much of history (or news, i guess), some of the headlines are serious, redundantly obvious, and some still sounding profoundly hilarious, both syntax- and context-wise. para ka na ring nagbasa ng the onion:

April 4, 2007

-- Satur freed on P.1-M bail
Climate change threatens 700 M square meters of RP land
Meralco assures enough power during Holy Week
What’s the plan for the college-unfit graduates?

source: The Philippine Star

-- Military mulls raising alert even without terror threat
Activists’ birthday wish for Arroyo: ‘Retire’
Opposition asks Comelec to stop Pacquiao ads
Nigeria asks RP to explain Foroozan fake kidnap case

source: The Philipine Daily Inquirer

-- Why students drink coffee when studying
Comelec declares voters’ list ‘99.63% clean’
22-year-old woman eyed in killing
Pag-IBIG set to sell P15b worth of assets

source: Manila Standard Today

-- GMA, pushing 60, thinks young
President names new printing office head
Pimentels: Graft charges an act of revenge
Where every Visita Iglesia must end

source: The Manila Times

-- GO demands baring of 45-M voters’ list
GMA taps Cabinet to push TU campaign
Erap to undergo medical tests, may go under the knife
‘You can take a bath after 3 p.m. on Good Friday’

source: The Daily Tribune

-- Holy Wednesday recalls betrayal of Jesus by Judas
Alcano gets P1-M Guinness deal
Baguio City now ready for Holy Week visitors
Is Thailand avoiding clash with Pinoy fighters?

source: The Manila Bulletin


now, something william (wengster bayaw, hehe) and i have been mulling about for a few days now. in one episode of our recent favorite tv series, Heroes (disclaimer: like i've always insisted i don't have a tv; i just pester torrent-unafraid friends to burn episodes for me), one character (Mohinder) stated that there are 36 "gifted" people in the story, all waiting for Sylar's sharp skull-cutter.

anyway, what we did was to list down all the characters who have appeared in the series who do have powers. so far, below's what we've came up with. btw, important note! we've only seen up to episode 17. if someone new came out in that episode, or if we've missed anyone, kindly put the name(s) down in the comment box. for those who've yet to see this series, the spoiler angle ends with the names; don't worry, i won't list down their respective powers.

hehe. sensya na kung sobrang geeky ang dating.

1. Nathan Petrelli
2. Peter Petrelli
3. Nicky Sanders
4. Micah Sanders
5. D.L. Hawkins
6. Matt Parkman
7. Hiro Nakamura
8. Isaac Mendez
9. Claire Bennett
10. that Haitian guy
11. Claude
12. Hana Gitelman
13. Ted Sprague
14. Claire's Mom
15. yung labs ni Hiro na waiter (i forget her name)
16. the Indian kid
17. Eve
18. Sylar
19. Sylar victim # 1 (first appearance of Matt)
20. Sylar victim # 2 (in his watchshop)
21. Sylar victim # 3 (that guy will all the aluminum/metal/steel appliances)
22. Sylar victim # 4 (that lady mechanic)
23. not sure, but did Mohinder's dead sister have any power? if this is true, the implications on the story arc will be more interesting)

so, there you have it...the number 23. kulang pa yung lucky 13. sinu-sino pa kaya?