Newsroom Barkada links to reports of how NGO’s are helping flood victims in Quezon and other provinces. The Holiday Season is always a good time to make a donation to the Philippine National Red Cross. The Manila Standard-Today triumphantly announces that Charter Change proposals done; and that JdV bid to end Garci probe draws support. The game plan’s clear.
Anyhow. The first time I met the late NVM Gonzalez -a more charming and gracious man would be hard to find- he was describing, over lunch, his first visit to Singapore. “They all know only one song,” he remarked. “It’s the Singaporean national anthem. Mind you, they all sing it very well, and at the drop of a hat.” He paused. “But you know, I much prefer our way, where we may not know any song particularly well, but each of us knows a different song…”
A recent Time MagazineÃ‚Â profile and interview of Singapore’s Lee Kwan Yew reminded me of what the old writer once said. The interview in particular, makes for fascinating reading, specially with regards to China and its transition to freer markets.
Can computer games help with real life? I wish I could still find an article from some years back, which said urban planners were using SimCity to help with simulations for future projects. At the time, I suggested the Metro Manila Development Authority should require its potential heads to first win at the game, before taking on an actual executive position. The review for a game, Victoria, makes me wonder: should managers of all kinds, and specifically, local and national government leaders, be urged to pass some sort of qualifying test by doing well in some sort of simulation?
Speaking of games, this article, which tackles the hollowness of victory in games like World of Warcraft, discusses whether the whole object of many online games isn’t outdated:
Which brings us to the fundamental shift occurring in MMOs right now. There are two ways to take the Lull out of MMOs. The first is through removing or minimizing the whole gameplay concept of “time invested = wealth and power.” The second is through player-made content.
The article points to other articles that have been focusing, recently, on the question of virtual property: what is it, and why are people willing to pay for it? How can you own virtual real estate and more puzzling still, make real-life money on it? It’s enough to drive our national democratic brethren nuts.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Communications and parties.
An interesting editorial in the Business Mirror: delinking politics and economics. Another interesting editorial is the Inquirer’s dissection of recent survey results.
Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. delves into the existence of the Judicial & Bar Council (I myself think that all the newfangled innovations in the present Constitution have caused more trouble than they’re worth).
Eggy Apostol writes of how the private sector can help with the collapsing quality of Philippine education.
Crossroads Arabia has a interesting interpretation of my most recent Arab News column.
In the blogosphere, Ricky Carandang delves into what, exactly, the media knows about last week’s bomblets.
Leon Kilat points to complaints of an emerging “imperial Cebu”. Mindanao alerts points to locusts becoming big business.
Economic cluster:Ã‚Â Big Mango looks back at his 2005 forecasts and finds himself validated by events.Ã‚Â Uniffors is expanding and going into other topics besides the foreign service; here’s an article on the WTO negotiations in Hong Kong. Go Figure explains why Free Trade isn’t what it’s cut out to be.
Philippine Commentary dissects the anti-wiretapping law.
My Liberal Times says in Germany, there are more bloggers than blog readers!
RG Cruz describes the daily grind of a TV journalist.
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