New 7 Wonders of the World: Redux

July 10, 2007 at 1:43 PM | Posted in Current Events, History, Travel | 1 Comment

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Well the official declaration was done. Here is the list (in no particular order) of the New 7 Wonders of the World:

1. The Great Wall of China (China)

2. Taj Mahal (India)

3. The Colosseum (Italy)

4. Machu Picchu (Peru)

5. Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)

6. Chichen Itza Pyramid (Mexico)

7. Petra (Jordan)

It’s a shame that The Acropolis in Greece wasn’t included. 😦 I voted for it. I think it deserved to be in the list. UK’s Stonehenge and France’s Eiffel Tower weren’t also included.

The New 7 Wonders of the World on 7-7-7

July 6, 2007 at 10:55 AM | Posted in Current Events, History, Travel | Leave a comment

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Photos courtesy of Eureka Puzzles, Galen Frysinger, & Britannica.com

One more day to go before the declaration ceremony of the New 7 Wonders of the World! This history-making event will happen tomorrow, July 7, 2007 (or 7-7-7) at Lisbon, Portugal. A special show has been arranged and celebrities like Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Kingsley will be attending the said event. There will also be performances by Chaka Khan, Jose Carreras, Alessandro Safina, among others.

I’m really excited to find out which historical places around the world would be chosen as the official New 7 Wonders of the World. I hope all the places I voted would be chosen. I actually had difficulty voting because there were just so many amazing places to choose (you only get to pick 7 out of the 21 places from around the world). Well, whatever the outcome, the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt will surely be included. So that means that technically, there will be 8 new wonders of the world declared tomorrow. This was because a few months ago, Egyptian officials got indignant and protested why they had to compete with the other places when in fact, the Pyramids of Giza were already long established as part of the wonders of the world. So it was decided that the Giza Pyramids would already be included in the new list among the other 7 places that would be chosen.

This once in a lifetime event will be broadcasted around the world. I only hope this will be shown in the local channels.

Thunder, Perfect Mind

July 4, 2007 at 11:09 AM | Posted in Science | Leave a comment
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A new drug is currently being developed in Harvard University as well as in McGill University that will enable to erase bad memories from a person’s mind. The drug propranolol, which is used to treat cardiac disorders, is now being studied as possible treatment for blocking or deleting bad memories. This should be interesting. We are getting closer and closer to making science fiction a reality. At least, when it comes to manipulating our memories. This medical breakthrough reminds me of the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, wherein Kate Winslet’s character erased memories of her relationship with Jim Carrey’s character through the help of a company that offers this procedure. Clearly, we are not far from achieving this.

Now I don’t know if this would be ethical when the development of the drug is finally done but I think this could really be helpful to those who are victims of violence or people suffering from trauma. But I bet this would come with a doctor’s prescription. I don’t think this drug will be made available to everyone. Just imagine, this drug would be the ultimate placebo.

Garbage Collector

July 3, 2007 at 2:02 PM | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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I collect garbage — songs of Garbage, that is. I just saw Garbage’s new music video a few nights ago and the song sounded good. For a moment while I was watching the video, I thought the song (titled “Tell Me Where It Hurts”) was an old Garbage song that I never heard. But it turns out they have a new album! The title of their new album is aptly called Absolute Garbage. It’s a collection of all their hits plus a couple of new songs. I got excited after watching that video and I checked it out on Amazon to see if the album’s available already. Unfortunately, the new album is not out yet. It will be released on July 17.

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I’m looking forward to buying this album. It’s been a while since Garbage released their last album. I miss hearing Shirley Manson’s voice and the band’s cool music. I’ve always been a fan of Garbage. Their songs really rock. One of my favorite videos of theirs was “Only Happy when It Rains” where Shirley wore this really cool fuschia pink dress and shiny, black, kick-ass boots.

It’s a good thing that Shirley is now sporting her old red-colored hair in the “Tell Me Where It Hurts” video. I got turned off when she dyed her hair blonde in their last album. Ugh! That was awful! Now she’s back with her red hair. And it really looks good on her.

Reminiscing the Original Transformers

July 1, 2007 at 3:34 PM | Posted in Movies, TV | 3 Comments

I found this video on You Tube about the original Transformers movie. Seeing the original look of Megatron and all the other robots made me really miss this TV show. I used to watch this show when I was a kid. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee were my favorite Autobots while Megatron and Starscream were my favorite Decepticons. Though I loved the new Transformers movie, I was disappointed that they made Megatron looked entirely different from the original. Megatron is supposed to be a pistol when he transforms but in the movie, he’s a jet plane! And Bumblebee looked different too. Instead of a Volkswagen Beetle, they turned him into a yellow Chevrolet Camaro. But all in all, the movie was great and enjoyable. I was actually surprised that they included Soundwave (the cassette recorder robot) in the movie. I thought he was going to be left out. I really loved and enjoyed the movie, especially the showdown scene between Optimus Prime and Megatron.

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