Showing posts with label Solutions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solutions. Show all posts

7/26/17

Solutions from Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Globe's myBusiness Solutions

Problem: 


X is a Filipino filmmaker and wants to start a movie streaming business for their films, like what Mubi, Netflix and iFlix did. X needs a trustworthy company to work with that is rooted in the Philippines. What can X do?


Solutions That May or May Not Work:


1. X can consider Globe myBusiness Solutions




I support Globe because their Free Facebook Messenger is reliable even at 2G connection, making it one of my most important business tools; without it, I can't hit my goals.

I went to their Automate Business Conference at Waterfront last July 26 as part of their Globe myBusinessAcademy and I learned that they now have Business Solutions to help advertise movie makers like X on Google and Facebook Ads for maximum reach.

I can't vouch for how superior Globe's solutions are since I haven't used them yet, but I personally asked Tina Lo, a top furniture exporter who uses Globe's solutions, and she said "so far, so good pa naman ang Globe. They're quick to answer our calls during glitches. "




Tina Lo is now the Ambasadress of Globe, so do more research and ask more people who used Globe's business solutions.

2. X can read Nicholas Nassim Taleb's Ideas

Para di ka ma scam diri sa Cebu, hinumdumi ang mga gitudlo sa usa ka writer nga si Nassim Taleb. An important lesson gikan niya is:

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. Meaning, I should never ask a doctor or a lawyer or a filmmaker or a blogger or anyone selling me a product if I need their products. Their incentive to lie is high because they want my money.

More of Taleb, click HERE




3. X can get Ideas from Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk reminds me of how a lot of what happens to us is mostly a work of fate. It's a thrilling, layered story of how soldiers cleverly survived the World War. One tactic I learned from the movie that can be applied to the business problems of X is this:

Never stay inside a locked cabin boat when you're in war territory because if a torpedo hits the boat, you're trapped to death.

In business, it can mean that X should never put themselves in a business decision that traps them to death. To survive, X should make multiple exits and never put all in one basket, so that if 1 basket fails, the other baskets still make him survive.




Yours,
A Bad Richard

5/30/17

Solutions to What Schools Cebuano Parents Should Choose

Imaginary Problem: 



You're a Cebuano parent looking for the best education for your children. You learned from Taxi Driver Nassim Taleb that it is always best practice to make things small. The smaller the system, the easier it is to spot the mistake or the right cause of a problem. How? 

Imagine a barrel of water and a cup of water. If you drop a bue ink in a BIG barrel, you might not see the blue. If blue drop is in a SMALL cup, you see the blue color clearly (Taelb's idea) . Gets?



Anyway, you believe that everything should be smaller because:

- Singapore is effective because it's small and
- France is rich now because it started as group of small barangays. 

The bigger, the more prone to blow up and fail. Look at that exploding Samsung Phone; it was so big, it exploded. So anyway, how do you decide for your children's education when you want things small?


Solutions:


1. Consider Apprenticeship.
Philippines is now catching up with the global truth that the university style of education can be a major scam. Not absolutely, but mostly.
Cebuano parents save hard-eard money from selling their carabaos to send their children to school and after graduation their degree can't get them a job. Duterte should shut down universities that can't guarantee jobs.

When you apprentice and learn skills by doing and not just reading, you learn valuable skills that help you survive life without being scammed by University of San Carlos. Joke!

2. Consider Small Size Education
If your kids are still in Primary and Grade School, choose a small class size. 

If you live in Talamban, EC2 Excellence Academy is an option. They're great because they have small size classes. They charge P70k a yr and accept retirees to volunteer with them. If you live elsewhere, homeschooling is an option, too. Contact me via Message Box to the left to know more about EC2.


Homeschooling means you work at home then teach kids with the wisdom of your grandmother, and not with school books that can turn your kids into unemployed degree-holders who damage society, instead of nerds trained by reality who know how to hunt, farm, take risks and earn money without scamming Cebu.

3. Consider watching Captain Fantastic. It's a movie where the children are taught by their parents to read novels by Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nabokov.



To grow their own healthy food, not the junk we are forced to eat because the government police is not forcing stores like Jollibee and McDonalds and Burger King to feed us food without chemicals that damage us.

To meditate so they learn how not to be so emotionally hungry, that they cheat on their boy/girlfriends. To know that love without sacrifice is theft.

Confused? Comment below.


5/10/17

How President Duterte and Fatcow Burgers Can Help Hungry Cebu

Cebuano Problem : 

There may be two kinds of hungry Cebuanos: the "I Can Buy Ten Burgers Just For Fun" Hungry, and the "I Come From Abusive Parents In A Corrupt Government, So I Just Dig For Food at I.T. Park Trash Cans" Hungry.


I figured I'm of the first kind. The street children I can ultimately do nothing about because the universe has its reasons why suffering exists, is of the second kind.  


I learned more about how the universe doesn't seem to care about our suffering by watching John Lloyd Cruz' Honor Thy Father, and reading Albert Camus. Google it.


Anyway today I found out that FatCow Burgers and Malts is now at Robinsons Galleria; they opened here a year ago.

I read somewhere that FatCow milkshakes are wonderful. So with the facts above, I asked myself: If I had P100,000, what would I do?



Answers for Cebuano Problem:

1. I would go to Fatcow Burgers and buy 100 of the most delicious Angus and Sirloin burgers they have, such as The Bbq Hawaiian and Notorious B.I.G., which I both sampled and liked . I would eat one, and go to Vicente Sotto Hospital and give away the rest and feed random patients, overworked nurses and underslept doctors there, unless they refuse to, for diet restrictions.



I would also buy them Fat Cow Vanilla milkshakes, the malted kind, not the regular one, because it's so good, I caught myself saying I wanna marry it. In Japan, you can marry a comics. Maybe in Cebu, we can marry a Vanilla Milkshake?

2. I would put up a Duterte's Kitchen near Capitol where homeless people can just eat Fatcow burgers for free, provided Cebu City CCTV can prove they've been homeless for at least 3 days. 

I would stock the Duterte's Kitchen with all the Fat Cow milkshakes and burgers everyday because Fat cow says they use premium beef and the homeless deserve the best. (Insert your laugh here).

But a nutritionist should maintain the place to make sure the homeless don't forget to eat their fruits and vegetables first. Hehe.

3. I would not recommend Cebuanos to follow this suggestion because of hidden risks in building a Duterte's Kitchen. This idea is for me alone. Or you can follow it at your own risk. 

11/30/16

Solution To Why SM Seaside City's Spread 2.0 Benefits Cebuanos




The Reason SM Seaside City's Spread Benefits Cebuanos is that it was giving away Cebuanos FREE FOOD. Like Tax Relief or Tax Cuts, but for food. Like in the movie Captain Fantastic*, a movie I think Cebu should watch because it's about living healthy and reading books!

Anyway, binisay on nato beh para klaro: LIBRE NGA PAGKAON PARA SA CEBUANO gipanghatag sa SM Seaside City Spread Part 2! And not just Sampler Size ha, such as kanang FREE TASTE sa grocery ha. But a whole meal! A buffet even.


Pero you ask, "Basin Chaka lang nga food? And nothing that satisfies my New Yorker palette? " A big No! Because the food served is a buffet of Paulito's sumptuous Barbecue and Pork Kaldereta with Rice, among others! To my friends: their Bola Bola is a must-try. 

Special note: Paulito's seems like the only stall there to give Cebuanos plates to eat at the whole buffet until sawa (or at least until they tell you to stop) Visit their FB pages for more. 


And because of this Food Carnival, let me say:

Thank you, Snowvins' must-try Ice Cream Halohalo. Thank you, Butterbean's Tablea Drink that needs more inspiration but I'm still grateful for. 


Thank you Zawadi's desert. Thank you, Soi's Pad Thai. Thank you, The Social's tasty and FREE Tuna Taco although I'm not sure you were giving FREE FOOD to Cebuanos who were not VIP; I think you were selling burgers. 

Thank you, Cabalen's FREE Karekare even if you served no rice. Thank you, Pink Heaven's FREE sylvannas samplers (not just for media but for every person who went there). 

Thank you, other food stalls at Spread 2.0 that let us sample their food. To readers: Please contact me using the Contact Box to your left if you need these Seaside food shops to cater your lunch meetings and birthday parties, and there might be discounts.

P.S. In my opinion, here's what's better:

1. Alexis Yap and that male host in Spread 1.0 .

2. Goodie Bags with maybe Cinema Tickets (practically cost-free) for the invited media, with the agreement that they use the tickets to let Cebuanos' Persons with Disabilities watch movies and make them happy. 

Happy Cebu means more Spread. Make the rich richer, but protect the most vulnerable too. Let's do this!

This idea is inspired by our Blogger Mae Cimafranca's admirable Program of Giving Food and Book Reading to children. 

The cynic in me thinks that charity programs can turn into the Napoles Corruption problems, where non-profit work is used to corrupt people's funds. 

But the hopeful in me thinks that something about Mae and SM Seaside City's food programs is legit.

So let's all be vigilant, Cebuanos. The good/bad can be bad/good tomorrow.


*  Captain Fantastic is a movie about a family that decides to live in the forest to have freedom to read Leo Tolstoy's books, eat healthy organic food, learn martial arts to survive and others, and then decides to go back in the city.

They once had a family activity called "Mission: Free Food" where they go to the store and eat free food. Cebuanos who went to Spread 2.0 simply went to the store and ate free food, too. So Spread 2.0 and Captain Fantastic is pareha gamay.


11/15/16

Solution To Why Google Development Group Convention at SM Seaside City Can Be Good For You

Dear Cebuanos:




Kana ganing ganahan ka maka kat on unsaon pag gamit ug Youtube ug uban pang mga "Libre" nga butang sa internet kay ganahan ka mag himo ug Salida nga gusto nimo matan aw sa tibuok kalibutan gamit ang Youtube or ganahan ka maka earn ug daghan nga kuwarta gamit ang Online Tools?



Kung mao ni imo sitwasyon, adto ta sa SM Seaside City karong November 19, 2016 9am up para muapil sa usa ka LIBRE (pero naay registration) nga Google Development Group FREE Workshop.

Kung naa kay kaila nga Computer Programmers, pakuyuga! Pede siya makadaog ug kuwarta. P50,000 is the prize sa Hackathon!



Pero pagbantay ha: daghan issues sa privacy ang paggamit sa internet. Daghan pajud bashers sa internet nga makadaot sa imo mental health, so make sure you pay the price sa imo pag apil apil sa mga Online Activities. E Google ang mga quotes ni Nicholas Nassim Taleb to learn more of this.

So anyway, join Google Development now! VISIT Here to register for FREE: devfest.gdgcebu.org

                       

9/8/16

Tom N Toms' Opening At Mabolo Cebu and The Problem Of Loneliness


Dear Cebuanos:


How are you? Welcome to Bisaya Short Films, where you can learn things like, how to be happy by watching cinema, such as movies of Dolphy and Lav Diaz. After reading, you will learn two things:

1. How Tom N Toms can help us Cebuanos be more compassionate and less hurtful to those who are different.

2. How you can help fellow Cebuanos become less sad and less depressed, especially after the news about bombing in Davao.

Let's start.

The other day we the Bloggers got invited for the launch of the Tom N Toms Coffee Shop at The Greenery in Mabolo, the one near Gallery, where Boosog restaurant is. Type "Tom N Toms Mabolo" on Google to locate the place. 

I liked the location of Tom N Toms because it's not in a mall, and I think I read from Jessica Zafra's reputable blog and Nicholson Taleb's books that congested malls can be harmful to society. 

It's encouraged not to spend too much time in malls. We have to diversify. We should spread out our time in different places, as Taleb's book suggested, for the benefit of our antifragile bodies. Click HERE to read more of his ideas. 

Thinking small is good because large things cause bigger damage. Duterte's federalism is based on this idea. Making homes and regions operate in a small scale lessens large-scale casualties and damages. 

Tom N Toms location seems inspired by this. It's away from the mall and provides competition for them, and we know that competition is good for the consumers as a whole. The more competition, the better the product. Tom N Toms gets this and they have my respect. And gratitude for letting us try their concoctions and drinks on the house. 

Also, their espresso is reliable for that needed caffeine fix, and I recommend you try their Strawberry Smoothie without cream and sugar because it can be the healthiest option to get there. Tom N Toms is also 24/7 all week; convenient for writers and students. (McDonald's Basak says they're 24/7 but on Sundays, they're closed)

Now how can Tom N Toms help us Cebuanos become more compassionate? By providing a venue for Cebuanos to talk. By providing another location for us to learn how we should try our hard to not say mean things to people because, just to err on the safe side, those people we say mean things to might be mentally unhealthy or depressed. Suicide is a number one cause of death.

Here are more ideas about this:

1. Go to Tom N Toms on a weekday. Everyone might be in crowded coffee shops in malls where seats are not guaranteed, but not you. You're comfortable. Now that you are, you can now read the ideas of David Foster Wallace while sipping a Tom N Toms latte to learn how to not say mean stuff to people who might cry and hurt themselves because of your words. Here's a sample of his ideas. Click HERE for more.


2. Go to Tom N Toms and click HERE to read the article from the reliable The Guardian entitled "Think loneliness is about single people looking for love? Think again" . It's about an elderly married couple in Italy that policemen visited because they were crying out loud from loneliness. Here's a sample:

the story of Jole and Michele suggests something else: a distinct kind of loneliness stemming not from the absence of significant others but from a feeling of disconnection with the wider world, a sense that you’re no longer part of something shared and human.

Conclusion:
Visit Tom N Toms to nurture friendship, get healthier drinks, read ideas from David Foster Wallace and learn more of compassion.  A person's life might depend on how you hurt with your words.

To see what's inside Tom N Toms, click HERE.

Nagmahal nasaktan nagsulat sa Tom N Toms,
A Bad Richard

8/25/16

Globe Business and Small Business Problems in Cebu

Dear Businessmen in Cebu:

Welcome to Bisaya Short Films, the blog to read about business solutions inspired by movies.

After reading, you will learn three things:

1. How using Globe Business Apps can help your business in Cebu fly.


2. How to empower your business with FREE tools available online.

3. How not to be scammed by girlfriends, friends and big companies.

Let's start.


How Globe Business Can Help Your Business in Cebu Fly


Right now you can call Globe Business hotline above to ask how their products like Canvas and Google Drive help your business handle paperwork. 

Globe is up there with the best and they are as good as they are, so you can trust them.

Also, I use Google Drive myself, so if this product fails, I'm harmed, too, and so I fail when you fail.

They also have products that can help you monitor your delivery trucks and simplify your payroll system. Don't trust the internet too much to avoid scammers, so go to Globe directly, or speak with the accredited agent. 

Ask for ID. Or email me (use contact form in the left) so I can help.

After acquiring the help of Globe Business, you can now then watch the movie The Big Short because it's about how greed in business gets you a lot of money but makes you prone to harming yourself.

How to Empower Yourself with Free Tools


1. Click HERE to read 200 Ways to make money on the side while your business is still starting. Passive income gets you to earn the money needed to fuel your business, and the more ways, the more chances of winning! Also, you already know this, and this is me just "teaching birds how to fly".

Don't forget the 20-80 approach on things, though, where you spend 80% of your time and money to safe projects, and the 20% to risky ones. For example, spend 80 of your time with family, 20 with friends.

Next: go to iFlix and watch more Powerful Movies that make you consume less, live more and detach from your ego. Pay for your entertainment. Stealing is path to depression.

How Not To Be Scammed

Answer: Diversify. Spread out your time and money. Don't give everything to one thing. Don't listen to advice, including mine. Embrace contradiction because we are human. Read Nicholson Taleb because he is The Non-Phony "Dili Peke" Trader Cebuanos need.



Nagmahal nasaktan nag blog,
A Bad Richard


8/22/16

How MAC at SM Seaside City Helps Cebu's Problems

Dear People Who Wear Make-up:


There's a MAC Store at Seaside City Cebu now that you can check out.

For that, I want to talk about creativity.

I want to talk about how being as creative as MAC solves our problems in Cebu, like unemployment and garbage.

Creativity and freedom from fixed colorless forms is an emphasis of MAC store.

It's a make-up store but its potential to empower, inspire and reframe perspective in Cebuanos is vital and astounding in, for example, deconstructing the ideas that make one feel like one's social status is inferior to others.

This inferiority complex might be the reason why we're all caught up in character assasination tricks that hurt people and make people extract joy in the act of hurt.

The art of MAC store is to create.

Its idea that it's all just cosmetics seems like a slice of hope for those who think that they're just stuck to what is given, what is socially accepted, what is "authentic", what is "unpretentious", with no chance of appeal.



Movies like Leos Carax' Holy Motors and Ben Stiller's Zoolander showcase how such a fashion boutique like MAC can be a platform for self-expression.

Mac can help us escape from the self-limiting attitudes of society (Contact me on comment section below to know how and why.) That said, here's how MAC can help make a better Cebu:

1. The Department of Transportation and Communications in Cebu will offer skills training for jeepney operators that are going to be unemployed by the Bus Rapid Transit project.

If we offer Make Up Skills for these drivers sponsored by MAC, we not only empower them, we remind the dangerously uninformed Cebuanos that there's money and livelihood in jeepney drivers as make-up artists.

We also make MAC socially vital in Cebu with this idea because foreign companies providing jobs is vital and astounding for Cebuanos and vital and audacious are the two words used in MAC's slogan.

Teaching drivers how to do make-up is an unusual audacious idea, but if we ignored the unusual ideas of entrepreneurs and artists, where would we be now?

2. MAC can sponsor a "Share A Lipstick Responsibly Campaign", where we encourage Cebuanos to share their unused lipstick to others, lowering the garbage output of Inayawan Dumpsite.

We can use the idea in genius TV show Broad City, where the tip of a used lipstick is cut off and so its new user is like getting a brand new one, with no hygiene problems. We can commission the prolific Sutukil Sauce production to do the campaign.

For more enlightenment about this, one can watch Adam Sandler's Don't Mess With The Zohan and Jon Krasinsky's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

That's all for now. If you have other Cebuano problems, such as customer service issues with Globe Telecom and PLDT, I can help. Or not. Albert Camus said it's all meaningless anyway, and yet it's all still meaningful.

Yours,
A Bad Richard

8/19/16

FREE Movies at Ayala Center Cebu from Japan






Dear Mga Bisdak Nga Ganahan Manan-aw ug Libre nga Salida Sa Ayala: 


1. Pahimusli ni ninyo! Murag last two days nalang ugma ug ig ka Sunday. Diretso ramo sa Cinema 4. Ayaw uwaw uwaw, para astig, Wala niy catch. Dili mo pabayron. Although maybe pamaagi ni sa Japan para mu conquer sa Cebu? E culturally educate ta sa ilang culture (tinuyo na nga reduntant ang "culturally educate ta sa ilang culture" para funny hehe) para dili ta masuko sa Japan?

2. Adto nata! 5pm ko ni gisuwat ron. Muadto nako taud taud sa Ayala para makaabot pa sa last screening today. Then mag Pokemon Go na dayon ko. Klase klase ang salida, naay animation, Naay mga bisan unsa lang. E click ni nga site para makabasa ka unsa klase nga mga salida: (CLICK ME)

3. Be warned. Daghan nig drama. Dili ni American movies nga daghan special effects. Kung trip nimo, kanang heart to heart talk nga movies ala MMK and ganahan ka makalibre, mao ni tan awa ugma. Di pa ka ana? Maka save ka ug kwarta para sa imong ka date kay di naka mugasto ug sine.

Adto nata!

8/1/16

A Letter For Regine Velasquez Fans About How PLDT Helps You Become A Better Filipino

Dear Fans of Regine Velasquez:

Before we present to you our arguments on how PLDT Home helps you become a better Filipino citizen of our Philippine republic, 3 things:

1. PLDT Home is claimed to be country's leading digital and multimedia service provider, and I agree with this.


2. PLDT Home is generous enough to reward their loyal subscribers by giving away a FREE Regine Velasquez Concert this week held at SM City Cebu, and I hope you were there with me. If not, here's a video of that episode: 



3. PLDT supports the LGBT Community and I say this because I'm thrilled by their viral Father Accepting A Son Advertisement, and I say this matter-of-factly, not in a "I'm paid to say this" kind of way. 

And it means that if we sense that PLDT is biased against LGBT, we can take it against them and hold them responsible.

So lets go back to the list of reasons how PLDT Home makes you a better Filipino, especially in this Duterte Presidency:

1. While stuck in traffic and complaining at something you have no control over, you can use the BIG DATA you have from your Smart Bro by watching Youtube videos from the School of Life Channel.

It's a channel to learn how to help end depression, marijuana use and emotional suffering by reading novels by Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust and Karl Marx. If those videos don't help, contact me and I'll help you get medical help.

I believe depression breeds marijuana users and if we address this, we create less depressed citizens. 

The less number of depressed people we have, the more enlightened Filipino citizens we breed. PLDT is not a guaranteed cure for this, but at least it helps. Are we helping?

Here's more info on how to get Smart Bro with iPad Mini 2 for less than the price of that Php700-dress you don't really need this month , click HERE.

2. If you're a person unfairly labelled by society to belong in the "Poverty/Indigent" category, redeem yourself by connecting to your Brgy. Hall's PLDT Wifi and read as many articles you can to make you so educated, you'll make money rain. 

If your Brgy. officers refuse you to connect to their Wifi, call the Corruption Hotline set by Duterte and report your Brgy. Officers anonymously. Or text me and I'll personally meet you and help you get a Wifi.

3. With your PLDT Home connection, listen to more Regine Velasques songs in commute and be more present. 

In Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, being present can help you not overeat and ruin your diet, not overdrink and cause road accidents and not overdo things and cause your health to break down. Don't forget to save Offline all those Regine Velasquez songs to conserve your battery.

4. With your most budget-friendly PLDT Home plan, watch as many iFlix TV series from Louis C.K.'s TV series Louie because he can teach you how to detach from your ego, which is a cause of all sorts of suffering, according to Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now.

Watch also all the comedy shows you can from iFlix because comedy helps you see things in a perspective that makes you happy even in a tragedy.

And always remember: it's not that your internet provider is slow. It's just that you're too stressed by work/lazy/mentally unhealthy to see the infinite creative ways to make most out of it.

Yours,
Richard Abad


7/7/16

5 Solutions Problematic Bloggers Can Get From Watching Bo Burnham's Comedy Show "what."

Problem: You're a blogger who feeds on an audience. Not actual feeding, because that's cannibalism and is illegal in the Philippines. I think.

But you feed on an audience in that you want them to want you. Part of you needs them. Part of you hates them for needing them. And then part of you use them. You feel guilty because you might be wasting people's time with your ideas or you might be actually harming them with the ideas you think are helping them. 

You feel guilty because there's just so much consumer stuff in the Philippines, in Cebu City in particular, and every street in Colon has a billboard and flyer that appears to tell you that your sadness can be cured by just shopping or throwing away your money or eating your guts out until you get Diabetes in a resto that offers Unlimited Rice. And you feel guilty because your business is selling Chicken with Unlimited Rice.

You feel guilty because you're a vegan and you're scared of being a hypocrite, even if the idea of a "hypocrite" is being sold to you by people who make money from making people think they're hypocrites. "Being Perceived As Honest" is a commodity you buy, like a yogurt drink.

You feel guilty because no matter how much you try to tell people how to live their lives by being decent or by not cheating on their partners or by not using marijuana, you know that deep down there's actually no one concrete answer that can prove that cheating on someone is wrong.

You're horrified by the idea that there's no real right and wrong, and the law can just be ignored at a cost you can just circumvent if you know how to, and still you feel like you must do something.

You feel guilty because while you make tons of money with your blog's advertising tricks, you don't know the cost of your ideas.

Maybe somebody read your blog post the wrong way and now they're out there abusing people's rights because of your suggestion? Maybe the poverty situation is there because you advertise too much in your blog? Maybe the reason the internet is so slow and hurting people's feelings is because you upload high-quality videos and crisp photos of travels no one but you cares about?

You feel guilty because you review movies and you still download illegally.


You feel guilty because you complain against everyone who is not you and living not the way you want them to, and yet you still download movies illegally, and stealing from people's intellectual property.


You feel guilty because you write about food and shopping and books and commercialism and then there's an abominable flood situation in Cebu and part of it could come from the plastic bag trash in malls resulting from the absurd level of online advertising from which you're blog thrives. 

What do you do to not feel guilty?


Solutions: Digest Bo Burnham's Comedy

1. To reframe your guilt, maybe you can listen to Bo Burnham's jokes in his famous show above? Then think for probably two days about his ideas in the said video about:
  • The effect on your mental well-being of having always an audience to make you feel valued in such a way that you derive ultimate worth from external conditions
  • The effect of uploading so much "Videos and Pictures That Are Important" online in wasting electricity and internet bandwidth that might be causing our government and businesses' money that could've been spent on making sure Colon doesn't flood as much.
  • The effect of your blog posts in making big businesses richer and destroying opportunities for smaller businesses who can't afford advertising
  • The effect of your blog ideas and social media uploads in how much greed and envy you're generating from Cebuanos, causing them to drink and use marijuana more because they felt bed about not living the life you tried to show in your blog posts, even if you don't intend them to be jealous
  • The effect of your blog posts to the promotion of High-Cholesterol and Other Unhealthy Dishes that leads to Cebuanos having unhealthier diet, costing money from the taxpayers because when these Cebuanos go to government hospitals after eating too much Crispy Pata from the a restaurant you're blog is promoting, it's immediately the government's problem, right? 

2. Go to Bo Burnham's website by clicking HERE. And then go to the part of his website that shows his favorites, and you can watch there a video interview of David Foster Wallace reminding us how the business of entertainment and "Me First!" attitude might be the reason we have so many important people in our lives killing themselves.

3. Know how to not feel guilty by reading Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now because the book proved to me that in the right mindset configured mathematically in the book, I seem to be able to detach myself from the feeling of guilt and self-hatred that comes from a narcissistic, self-obsessed attachment to pain, which is a form of insanity, and something that I can escape from. Pain attachment and being imprisoned by the idea that "One Has To Feel Pleasure Every Time And Sacrifice Is For Religious People And I'm An Atheist And Reason Is King Even If I Know That The Reason I'm So Proud About Is Just As Religious As Religion If We Follow Albert Camus' Reasoning" is optional, and the book helped me be reminded with that, and now I've never been happier.

4. Quit blogging, Seriously. There's a book from Nicholson Taleb called Anti-fragility and one good story there is the Hydra Myth where a Hydra's head multiplies after you decapitate one, which means the Hydra increases a value after his head got hurt. I'm not saying you're a Hydra but if your blog is your head, and you cut it off, your happiness might increase. 

5. Go to jessicarulestheuniverse.com and then on the lower left is a Hotline Number that connects you to a Professional Listener who promises to help you in times of despair and existential crisis. Call the number now.

6. Forget everything that I said here and live your own.



Yours Truly,
A Bad Richard

6/27/16

An Invitation for Pitch Perfect's Anna Kendrick to Eat At Rico's Lechon


Dear Anna Kendrick:

Did you know your movie Pitch Perfect was a fantastic hit here in the Philippines? How amazing would it be if you visited us and thanked us Cebuanos personally for our support!

I could tour you around Cebu, and we can eat Tempura and Pungko2x near Fuente, or drink the Fruit Shake at UCMA in I.T. Park, and you and I can just talk about films, philosophy, romance, and red pandas, which you said in an interview with Conan O' Brien are things you're obsessed with. 

I don't think we have red pandas here in Cebu, because we don't seem to have a legit zoo here that every kid can enjoy because all our taxpayers' money goes to paying politicians to destroy our roads every election season. 

Politicans destroy roads so they can request for more funding from the government and increase their political family's success. You might know how Filipino politics works from making your movie Rocket Science.

Speaking of red, red is also the color of the logo of this wonderful restaurant I'd like to bring you, my dear Anna Kendrick, woman of my dreams, potential keeper of my formless ego-free heart. The resto is called Rico's Lechon and it's a wonderful, cozy, family resto with a home-style ambience. Here's one good reason for you to go there with me:

1. The Rico's Lechon is a Cebuano brand, and not a brand imported from the U.S. or Europe that takes away money from our country. 

Imagine you or Scarlett Johanssen or Jennifer Lawrence or Brad Pitt eating Rico's Lechon dipped in Sukalami?  How wonderful would that be?

How helpful can that be to the entire Cebu economy! Of course, there might be hidden costs of celebrities all around the world flooding to Cebu to try Rico's lechon.

There might be rise of misbehaving foreigners, rise of abuse in our night life scene, rise of noise pollution in beach areas because of the inflow of such foreigners, but the bloggers of Cebu are guardians against abuse, so we shouldn't worry about that. 

Anyway, the Rico's Lechon serves delicious, arguably most delicious, roasted suckling pig. One of the best, if not The Only Best, lechon can be eaten at Rico's. 

And if you bring your vegetarian friends such as Ellen de Generes and Woody Allen, they can still enjoy here the tasty Trio of Seaweed Salad and Mung Bean Soup. 

Dip the Seaweed Salad into the famed Rico's Lechon vinegar called Sukalami, and you not only get the functional health properties of vinegar that can help you lessen your physical and emotional suffering, but you also enjoy a tasty exquisite dip with a lingering wasabi effect.

And Rico's Lechon is also a perfect place for your most avid Cebuano fans to gather because the Rico's Lechon branch at Mactan Promenade can house families, including families of the Houses of Lannisters and Starks! 

Think about it: we can all go to Rico's Lechon at Mactan Promenade (just Google Maps the direction), enjoy their wonderful selections, and you and I can talk about our interests in Lav Diaz' cinema, Marcel Proust's literary influence to your career, and what working with George Clooney is like! 

With this meeting at Rico's Lechon, we can talk around and find a way to ask all your influential Hollywood celebrity friends to help our problems here in Cebu, such as:

  • the Lack of Drinking Water in Moalboal 
  • the heavy A.S. Fortuna Traffic that for now will only be solved by an alien attack such as in the movie Independence Day because this apocalypse will wipe out the traffic roads to extinction.
  • the rising number of Cebuano girls who only say yes to being some guy's girlfriend if the guy has a car.
All these problems can be solved by eating at Rico's Lechon, Anna Kendrick. So what do you say? Give me your number and come over here.

Yours truly,






6/22/16

A Movie Review of Independence Day: Resurgence That Helps People Avoid Suffering

Part 1: Objective Movie Review of Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence is a stupendous action movie spectacle you might enjoy on beautiful Large Screen Format Theatre 3D (the first in Asia, powered by Christie) at SM Seaside City if:
  • You find beauty in buildings blowing up famously portrayed in the destruction scenes of David Fincher's Fight Club
  • You don't want to overthink movies because movies are supposed to be for escape
  • You despise the neurotic intellectualism of movies of Woody Allen
  •  You disagree with David Foster Wallace when he said that action movies are there to make you forget that you're alone in the world.
  • You enjoy seeing the level-headed drama-free treatment of crisis popularized in Ridley Scott's The Martian, a movie that makes no enemy of people but targets the common villain, which are climate change, inevitable death and/or aliens trying to make us their breakfast.
  • You enjoy Albert Camus' Absurdist philosophy when he said that humanity should not be killing each other because the better common enemy is a beast from outer space trying to mortally porcupine us to oblivion the way Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun was porcupined in Game of Thrones (Did he die? I won't answer so to not spoil you).

Part 2: Analysis of Independence Day: Resurgence That You Can Skip Reading Because This Is Only For People Who Appreciate The Connection of Things, such as People Characterized As ENFP by the myers briggs personality test

The screening of Independence Day: Resurgence at the gorgeous SM Seaside City Cinema in Cebu happened a few hours after we heard of the news that the star of Star Trek movie, Anton Yelchin, died of a car crash.

The model of the Chrysler car used by Anton was reported to be recalled because of product malfunction. The Chrysler Cars have a new technology not tested by time, so according to Nicholson Taleb, it might be still premature and has side effects unseen yet. 

This tech seems to be one of those things Taleb said can be avoided if we want to lengthen our lives or to avoid the tragedies that are highly unlikely to happen but when they happen, have the most terrifying damage.


Taleb also mentioned about supporting only the technology whose use has been tested for at least about 100 years, such as the pen, chair, notebook and shoes. If we avoid using new technology that's just released, say, last week, we can avoid iatrogenics or the exposure to things whose damage are hidden now and can only be seen later, such as the tragedy of the Thalidomide (click HERE for Thalidomide story) and Yelchin's death. 

And so it's safe to claim that the destruction of new cars and buildings and all the modern technology humans built in the movie Independence Day: Resurgence is a metaphor that there's a lot of technology today that we're better off without.

We arguably benefit more if we eject all this wasteful tech from the memory of the Earth the way Sansa wanted to wipe out the memory of the widely loathsome Game of Thrones villain, Ramsay Bolton, off the face of the Earth because he needs a level of psychotherapy and Eckhart Tolle's suffering-detachment training currently unavailable in Westeros.

Part 3: How To Avoid Suffering With Ideas From Independence Day: Resurgence

  1. Like buildings blowing up in the movie, get rid of new technology/products that media says are supposed to be good/pleasurable for you but whose deadly iatrogenic side effects only come later, such as eating carcinogenic burgers out of pure fun, cigarettes, multivitamins that harm you, and newest model of cars.
  2. Like the citizens in Independence Day: Resurgence who did not have a human enemy, make no enemy of humanity and you can do this by reading Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now because it's a book recommended by Oprah that I can attest will make you no longer attach to your ego, and ego might be the reason you can't stick to your diet, to your exercise, and why people keep cheating on their partners.
  3. Like the drama-free logical leaders in the movie, be more objective by boosting your emotional intelligence and it can be done by watching The School of Life videos that teach people psychoanalysis, literary wisdom from literary giants like Sigmund Freud and Marcel Proust, and practical non-nerd tricks to going through life without being an exquisitely cruel Ramsay Bolton. Hit Play Button on the image to view.



4/23/16

iFlix and Bisaya Short Films

Chapter I: What is iFlix Internet TV?



" WARNING/REMINDER: WATCHING TOO MUCH ENTERTAINMENT CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION, BUT ENGAGING IN TOO LESS ENTERTAINMENT IS UNHEALTHY, TOO. READ DAVID FOSTER WALLACE'S INFINITE JEST FOR REFERENCE. " , said A Very Preachy Blogger You're Too Cocky To Appreciate.


CEBU, APRIL 20, 2016 – iflix is Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service, offering  subscribers unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of entertainment for a low  monthly price. Consumers can sign up for a 30-day trial with full access to all of iflix’s  world-class features and content without having to submit credit card or payment details to participate. Subscribers will instantly be able to enjoy: 
  • Unlimited access to iflix’s vast library of tens of thousands of hours of top quality Western, Asian and Local content; 
  • Access to iflix on up to 5 devices of their choice, whether phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, connected TV or other connected device; 
  • Share an iflix subscription and simultaneously watch different content on two different devices at the same time for each subscription;
  • Download & Watch Offline feature which allows iflix subscribers to download and enjoy the content of their choosing without a Wi-Fi connection.
CONCLUSION: Devour iFlix now, but not until you read novels and learned how not to use TV and Movies as a form of addiction to replace an unhappiness issue in your life that can only be cured by going to therapy. Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now can help you learn how not to consume too much capitalism.
BISAYA SHORT FILMS AND CEBU BLOGGING COMMUNITY AND iFLIX

Chapter II: Review of iFlix Service

Chapter III: Review of iFlix Movies

Movie Review of Brillante Mendoza's Movie, Thy Womb starring Nora Aunor and Lovi Poe

It is stunning and filled with "Detached From Ego" ideas necessary for people who want to deviate from suffering and will remind you of this line in Sylvia Plath's Channel Crossing:

Press Play to watch trailer of Thy Womb


Movie Review of Raya Martin's Festival de Cannes Awardee movie, Independencia:

It is timeless cinema in that it presents us a version of 1898 Philippine history in black and white Old Cinema format but is shot and processed in the 21st Century. 


Raya Martin's Independencia will remind you of that Jessica Zafra review of David Mitchell's novel, where she said something about a book being postmodern and at the same time traditional. So Independencia is traditionally modern or modernly traditional. 2016 is anti-irony, and so this movie is watched best during Throwback Thursdays.

For More Info on iFlix, click HERE


4/17/16

A Love Letter For Movie Star Ellen Adarna From Bisaya Short Films

Dear Ellen Adarna:




Have you seen the movie Mr. Right? It's about a girl who forgives, accepts and still loves a guy to death even if it's his job to kill people. The movie's interesting because it reminds me of Family Guy in that Peter Griffin is forgiven by his woman for whatever evil he's done so long as it's not cheating on another woman. What do you think of this, Ellen, that a man can kill or steal and can be forgiven and can even be praised but when one cheats, one should face a woman's wrath? Also, what do you think of this Nicholson Taleb aphorism?


What have you been watching lately by the way? I saw Hail Caesar, a Coen Brothers Film, which was a visual and musical treat that still tackled topics of sensational import, such as the hypocrisy of communism and capitalism, and the impossibilities of both. Another one good movie I saw is Soap Opera.


It's a movie that's intentionally made to be filled with bad actors, and real people placed in real situations acting like bad actors, all doing this to comment on how Filipinos seem to be so attached to their teledrama and soap opera drama TV show that they live their lives as if being in one.

Did you notice Ellen how Antifragile the movie is? Antifragility is when one is like a Hydra whose head multiplies and increases value once beheaded. Meaning, an antifragile Soap Opera will benefit from an attack/negative review because if you hate Soap Opera, it will be successful in pointing out that this attitude of Filipinos acting like bad TV Show characters is hate-worthy.

If you hated Soap Opera for its crude visual effects or its uninspired presumption that there are Cebuanos out there who would crime for burgers, bigger apartment and consumer junk , which I don't think you should, then you wouldve understood the movie's point: that it's your interpretation of what the reality of the poor people is, that needs to be questioned.

If you liked Remton Zuasola's Soap Opera, it might be because it's self aware of the Philosophy 101 cliche that what we think is real can be just an ABS CBN ad. Soap Opera stood out to me because it screams of Albert Camus' Theory of The Absurd.

Anyway, I wrote you this letter because I want to ask for your number. Let's talk.

Yours,
Richard Abad, Not Leonardo Di Caprio




4/14/16

Bisaya Short Films and Wyeth Invite Schools To Help Generate Kid Innovators


Dear Every Cebuano Teacher:



Did you know that corruption and heavy traffic in our Cebu might have been prevented if we had innovation and technology to capture via photo every digital transaction done in our government offices? If we had the same technology used in Anna Kendrick's Get A Job, we would be able to monitor every transaction of traffic officers in the field who are tempted to corrupt the traffic system to create more traffic. Innovation is the solution. And we can start the innovation with our kids. Here's an idea:


The nationwide search for the Wyeth Nutrition Kid Innovators aims to spark curiosity in children and nurture their love for science and passion for innovation, empowering them to make a difference in their own way toward nation building.

It supports the efforts of the government, the academia, the science and technology sector, parents and stakeholders in harnessing children’s full potential as the nation’s human resource pillar in the goal of sustaining inclusive economic growth.

The search not only seeks to recognize outstanding kid innovators and their achievements, but also aspires to celebrate their exciting journey to innovation, to encourage and inspire more children to unleash the power of their curiosity.
The program is one of the highlights of the global 100th year anniversary celebration of Wyeth Nutrition, which marks its unwavering passion for innovation toward nurturing healthier generations.

Mechanics
The search invites all students aged 9 to 14, grades 4 to 8, to submit an innovative science-related project that they produced, either alone or as a group of 2 to 5 members, in compliance with an academic requirement or as a personal initiative.
Participating student/s shall submit (1) a written brief and (2) a simple video presentation on the project, with the endorsement of the Science Department Head of the school. The project must have been undertaken within the period of three years preceding the submission of entry.
Submission shall be made via email to wyethnutritionkidinnovators@gmail.com on or before April 1, 2016  May 30, 2016. Only one entry per participant or group is allowed. 


CLICK PLAY TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE COMPLETE INFO


4/9/16

10 Ways To Improve Cebu Using Ideas From Cinema And Your Sony Camera

Bisaya Short Films presents The People Behind Sony SM Seaside City

1. Go to a public place like Carbon and take photos of unenlightened drivers who overtake lanes and cause heavy traffic, and report them to authorities anonymously, like the way Edward Snowden did in his documentary. The high quality lens of the new Sony Camera DSC-H300 can get you to take photos from afar, protecting your identity.

2. Do a photoshoot with your pretty friends and start a fashion blog but attach "Stop Discrimination" Caption with every photo upload you make, so you're using  the internet (that the Katipuneros fought for) to build a nation, and not just build your ego.

This idea comes from Hollywood  star Emma Stone, where she covers her face with a paper that says "Support Habitat For Humanity" text, so when paparazzi takes her photo, the charity gains exposure . The Sony DSC-W800 is good for this project.

3. Go to Plaza Independencia. Talk about movies with your friends. Enjoy urban nature. But be vigilant. Look around. Do you see something? Then say something. See a crime? Report it to social media using your Sony smartphone that's equipped with powerful apps. See a person stealing? Take a photo of it.

Protect their identity but report what you should. This idea is from the photographer in the movie Shortbus, where a guy used a camera to save a person's suicide. The SEL55210 Lens from Sony will make this possible, but not until you have read first The Power of Now book on detaching from ego.

4. Go to SM Seaside City. See that crying girl? Ask her what's wrong. Connect. You're not as disconnected from her as social media made you to believe. Play Taylor Swift's Shake It Off in your Sony Xperia Z5 music player and share the earphones with her. Make her feel better. This idea is from the most wonderful movie you haven't seen, Once, starring Glen Hansard.

5. Go to Larsian. Take out your Sony Smartphone and interview with your high quality video cam the tinderas and tinderos of barbeque. Ask of their funny stories, of their tragedies, of their life. Document their life with a Sony Handycam FDR-AX100. Upload to Youtube. Share the wisdom to the online universe, and enlighten the world.

6. Go to Unitop Opon with your friends and buy a bulk order of plain white t-shirts because they're cheaper there compared in Cebu City. Then wear a white shirt for the whole month to promote minimalism and protest against complicated, wasteful ego-centric design. Document your friendly protest with a Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a smartphone packed with powerful tech and features but in portable form. Friendly protests like this are inspired by the movie Dog Day Afternoon by Al Pacino.

7. Go to Tisa Elementary School and find the principal. Ask her who's the best singer there in High School. Videotape her singing with a Sony Handycam FDR-AXP55, upload on Youtube and get her popular. Create a market for her and by doing so, you promote Cebu and create more jobs for us.

8. Go to Mandaue Bridge and with your Sony Handycam HDR-PJ440, make a timelapse of the traffic in Mandaue. Livestream the traffic thru Youtube to show the world The Truth. Ask help from The Internet Universe. Be inspired by Lav Diaz' 8-hour-movie Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis to be able to do this because you need stamina to get through the tortoruously long traffic.

9. Go to a Home For The Aged. Interview the seniors and ask them of the good old days. Document in video their testimonials and funny stories using a Sony Cybershot DSC-WX500 and learn about a kind of life that's different from yours.

10. Go to a park. Watch all the Bisaya Films to learn more about Cebu and its problems that you can solve. The high resolution in a Sony Experia phone is perfect for watching low-res, eco-friendly Bisaya Short Films. But don't watch films too much. Read The Power of Now to figure out what's too much.

The Sony Products mentioned above, including Personal Audio Headphones, Xperia Mobile devices and Sony Action Cam can be purchased today at Sony Centre outlet in SM Seaside. Here's an artistic Bisaya Short Film of their Grand Opening:

Please Click Photo to Read Sony Press Release



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