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Lady Gaga Meat Dress actually REAL MEAT!

Damn! Now that I took a closer look at the pictures of Lady Gaga on the last VMA (Video Music Awards) it actually looks like it was made with real meat. So I peruse the internet and found this.

Was Lady Gaga’s VMA Meat Dress Real?

According to the actual dress designer Franc Fernandez he made Lady Gaga Meat dress from real meat from his family butcher.  No wonder people are up in arms about this issue.  But then again, aside from the poverty in other countries, vegans and PETA and people that judge everything that other people do Lady Gaga is just making a statement with her meat dress.  Why? Because SHE CAN! LOL!

Pacman vs hitman

Wow! Amazing fight! Even though it only lasted for 2 rounds it still a good fight! The exchanging of punches, jabs and missed swings! Just the way I like it.

Not like a boring match that each boxer just wait for their opponent to make a move-pacman engages his opponent and finishes the job. Nothing personal, its just a job.

Great fight mr manny pacquiao!

Multiple Texas zip codes on biggest Listing Price Gains

A couple of Texas cities has been listed by Yahoo as the biggest gainers in housing prices. Here are some samples;

Best Zip: 75074
Location: Plano, Tex.
Metro: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
Annual listing price change: +12%
Average listing price: $172,104
Days on the market: 128 days

The Dallas suburb of Plano is one of the country’s wealthiest. Plano is home to J.C. Penney, Perot Systems, Frito-Lay and other corporate headquarters.

Best Zip: 78228
Location: San Antonio (West Side/St. Mary’s University area)
Metro: San Antonio
Annual listing price change: +9%
Average listing price: $116,652
Days on the market: 134 days

San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas, is best known as the site of the battle of the Alamo. The city also has a Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park and SeaWorld San Antonio. St. Mary’s University in San Antonio is the oldest and largest Catholic University in the state.

Best Zip: 77019
Location: Houston (River Oaks neighborhood)
Metro: Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Tex.
Annual listing price change: +14%
Average listing price: $1.1 million
Days on the market: 177 days

Houston’s River Oaks community, one of the wealthiest in the nation, has seen an increase in the average listing price for a home largely because the mix of properties for sale has shifted to the higher end as those properties are taking longer to sell. Houston’s economy has been one of the nation’s strongest, but with the decline of oil prices and consumer spending, the once-strong housing market is also slowing.

Source: Yahoo

Condolence to Francis M’s family

Francis Magalona passed away March 6, 2009. Kahit di tayo close pareng Kiko. paalam..

Francis Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, and The Man From Manila, was a prominent Filipino rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. Often hailed as the “King of Pinoy Rap“, he was considered a legend in the Philippine music community. With the success of his earliest albums, he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines cross over to the mainstream. He is also credited for having pioneered the merging of rap with Pinoy rock, becoming a significant influence to artists in that genre as well. He was also a popular television host, notably on MTV Asia where he served as one of the channel’s first Filipino VJs, and on noontime variety television show Eat Bulaga!. Magalona died on March 6, 2009 at the age of 44 due to acute myelogenous leukemia. 

Source : wikipedia

This site may harm your computer warning from google search

I was checking our ranking in google pages when I encounter the message above.  I was alarmed so i check our codes and saw nothing unusual. I investigated further but just found message post dated back 2007. So I tried to search google in the google search and this is what i found;

—  update about this post—

minutes after I posted this google fixed the problem.  Hats off to the quick responding tech people at google!!

State of Florida increased their minimum wage

I just received this notice from the Florida Department of Revenue. It states that effective January 1, 2009 through July 23, 2009, Florida’s minimum wage will be $7.21 per hour for all hours worked in Florida.

For more information please checkout the Florida Minimum Wage poster at

Microsoft cutting 5,000 jobs due to economy

Even Microsoft is not immune to the economy.  According to source there will be job cuts across multiple areas like marketing and research and development over the period of 18th months and also 1,800 layoffs will begin immediately.  This is due to earnings not performing as expected. But with today’s economy it is really scary.  It’s not just microsoft. Other retailers are shutting down their stores and some of them totally closing it. 

One of them is Circuit City which has filled bankcruptcy and gradually doing clearance sales (even though some are not really clearance-in my humble opinion).  Linen N Things is another store affected with this economy. I just hope we pass this turmoil and move on with our lives. Always the question is, where did we go wrong? Hmmm..better not go there..lots of finger pointing!

Walmart employee trampled to death on Black Friday

Just to save a couple of dollars in the after thanksgiving sale called Black Friday a mob of shoppers trampled a temp employee to death upon store opening.  OMG!!  Eventhough I don’t live in NY where this happened I wouldn’t even dream of doing that. OK-provided the people from the back of the crowd doesnt know what was going on and kept on pushing to get in while the people in the front line kept on pushing back-well you know the usual’s the full story from cnn.

The family of a man trampled to death in a New York Wal-Mart on Friday filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the store failed to control the crowd pushing to gain entry on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Jdimytai Damour, 34, a temporary worker, was crushed as he and other employees tried to unlock the doors of the Wal-Mart at Green Acres Mall.

The wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court by the family’s attorney, Jordan Hecht, names Wal-Mart and the mall’s owner, manager and security firm as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that Damour’s death was caused by the “wanton disregard for public safety and gross negligence of the defendants.”

Hecht also filed a notice of claim against Nassau County to preserve the family’s right to file a lawsuit against its police department.

“When they heard of how he was eventually killed, that he died of asphyxiation, they were visibly shaken. They are angry because this was preventable, and have therefore exercised their right to seek justice in the court,” Hecht said in a written statement.
The family is making funeral arrangements for Damour, Hecht said.

“They appreciate the outpouring of sympathy from across the country. They are terribly upset about what happened to their family member,” Hecht said.

On Tuesday, lawyers said two Nassau County men who claim they were injured at the store also are suing Wal-Mart. Their lawyers also filed a notice of a $2 million claim against the Nassau County Police Department.

The mall’s owners, Vornado Realty Trust, refused comment on the lawsuit in a statement issued Wednesday.

“We are saddened by the tragic occurrence, but we do not comment on pending or threatened litigation,” the company said.
Hank Mullany, Wal-Mart’s northeast division president, released a statement about Damour’s death Wednesday, which began by saying that Thursday morning, the company will release November’s sales numbers.

“This event is overshadowed by the tragic death of Jdimytai Damour at our Valley Stream, New York, store. We have been in communication with members of his family to do what we can to help them through this difficult time,” the statement said. “We will continue to work with local law enforcement officials so that together we can implement even stronger safety measures going forward.”

Bank Bail out-DISD layoffs-New VPS-random thoughts

i’m just sitting here at mcdo eating breakfast and this random thoughts came to me…

New stuff to work on. I just signup for another vps (virtual private servers or virtual dedicated servers) para sa otrab ko. Sikret project para sa ikauuinlad ng kaalaman.
Na-provisioned na ang vps kaninang madaling araw dahil akala ko hindi pumasok ang bayad. Oks naman. Waiting na lang ako sa dns propagation para maupdate ko ang nameserver sa isang test domain.
Ang galing ano?! Knows ko ba talaga yung mga pinagsusulat kong yan o kyeme lang?  Bunga ata nang maraming oras, araw at buwan na walang patumanggang pagaaral yan!
Minsan nga hindi ko na alam ang goal ko sa isang test project I get lost in translation. 😉

Next naman. Approve na ata ang 700B bail out para sa mga banko, na nagpautang ng nagpautang pero hindi sigurado kung makakabayad dahil syempre sindikato na naman yan, pero ala na atang ligtas ang economy sa recession and going to depression na? Patay!!

Disd-daming malalay off na teacher. Actually mga non-contract workers muna ang napag-tripan ilay-off.  Katuwiran ng DISD they need to layoff people to make room for reshuffling from different districts na may surplus. Ska they need to reduce the DISD $84 million budget deficit that was recenlty disclosed.

Hrap na talaga ng buhay.

IE8 has been out-Have you tried it yet?

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 has been released last week.
It has newly added features such as malware filter, cross-site scripting protection, more control over the use of ActiveX plug-ins, improved crash recovery with the ability to reload a browser session evern if it’s accidentally shut down and better phising protection.

It’s tough competitor, Firefox has been estimated to cover 19% of the browser market compared to 73% by Microsoft.

IE8 also claims to be faster and adds significant standards support for easier Web development plus a bunch of security, usability and manageability features amied at keeping users and IT shops happy.

Souce: Information Week

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