My daily dosage of what LSD was to the Beatles

April 18, 2009 at 5:29 am Leave a comment


PhotobucketI asked recently this paper’s columnists Vir Maganes and Brandon Cortez if presidential wannabe and Senator Chiz Escudero reads the hot-as-a-pancake Northern Watch Online as he was for several times featured by it.

“Oo, binabasa niya,” Brandon said.

“Chiz even sent a thank you note to me thru my e-mail,” Vir retorted.

I told Vir that he was fortunate that a senator of the Republic sent him a thank you note.

“Pero ako noong nilagay ko siya sa column ko, what I got was not a thank you note but instead a spam or disruptive mail purportedly comes from him,” I added.

But when I dug that e-mail it came from a certain Chiz, of the Cheddar Cheese Company frantically and desperately explaining to me that its product was spared by the dreaded Salmonella that scared the hell-out of the wits of the customers.

These interactions from the thank you notes of Rachel Sapigao’s favorite provincial fashionista Vir M. (no relation to the deceased Francis M.) to that of Chiz – the nemesis of Salmonella – ensued because of a medium called the World –Wide-Web or the Internet.

For me, the internet is the most efficient form to a discriminating reader of news.

The bottom part my screen can be likened to the world’s modern and busiest Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong where Boeing 747s cum websites of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, New York Times, Philboxing.Com, Maxboxing, Military Magazine Black Water, blogs of columnists Antonio Abaya and Dick Morris are parked and waiting for a click for takeoff to enlargement.

I don’t read all the news feed by its editor on each of the said site. I browsed only those news items that I deem tailored for my interest and on my work schedules.

Except to the published political and business news of local broadsheets Daily Inquirer and Star, I am choosy on what the columnists convey. Inquirer for me has the edge on commentaries — what with its political analyst Amado Doronilla, the incisive Neil Cruz (whose simplicity in language and humor makes him much better than Doronilla) , the flair of Conrado de Queros, and the unrivalled constitutional expertise of Joaquin Bernas.

After the death of Teodoro Benigno and Maximo Soliven – two icons of column writing the “Friendsters’ Generation” would surely miss – Philippine Star has nothing if not a dearth of respected columnists.

Professor Alex Magno’s scholarly but intricate presentation of his thesis has still has to sell to the readers who used to read the layman’s style of Cruz and the understandable rhythmic style of de Queros. But Star has its new kid’s on the block a circa 2000 version of his immensity Louie Beltran literally in weight in Chair Wrecker’s Bill Esposo who can be a saving grace of this third most read broadsheet in the country.

Although we don’t have a Soliven and a Benigno to feed our brain with nutritious analogies that are spiced-up by strong adjectives and distinctive humors, internet subscribers can go to Tapatt.com and browsed the readers’ friendly commentary of Antonio Abaya (of Manila Standard-Today) whose depth, wit, and humor could be competitive if not superior to the two deceased columnists that hard-core newspaper reader like me (ahem!) missed so much!

Abaya’s detailed and organized political and economic analysis won him a multitude of “chaotic army” of fans who elbowed their way in just to give their five cents worth opinion after reading his column cum blog.

I’m selective only with the liberal-oriented New York Times – probably the best newspaper in the World, where its day issue is much better than the weekly issue of Newsweek and Time Magazines – by reading only news on the U.S politics and economy and major world news especially if I failed to see them on CNN, Fox News, BBC, and Al Jazerra as I partake my meals or dressing up for news work.

For its array of columnists I read only those of Paul Krugman, Nicholas Kristoff, and Thomas Friedman. But Friedman is my favorite. If Abaya has wit, and humor, Thomas has wit, humor, hip, and that encompassing intellectual prowess on political-economy.

I read also Dick Morris’s – a former Clinton adviser who looked and speak like a gnome – conservative stuffs on the nitty-gritty of the politics of the most powerful country in the world.

As a boxing commentator in United States and a local boxing websites (including Bombo Radyo) I read everyday to get updates of boxing news at the local Philboxing.com and the international Maxboxing.com.

The Weekly Military BlackWater Magazine feeds my passions on what is military. It can either be hardwares (new tanks, jets, and weapons), strategies, and wars against terrorism and drug cartels.

Susmariosep! All these stuffs were Greek to me ten years ago. But now, it takes only a P 1,300 connection to a telephone company and bingo, all those “things of interests” are only a click away from the keyboard.

Internet does not only give me local news, it entertains me to my favorite songs at Imeem (online music) that can give me songs for free like Tiger in the Rain, Abandoned Garden, Under the Sun, Rainy Days in Tokyo, Lady Wants to Know, to name a few from Michael Franks. These songs could hardly be found at music stores.

With the internet I could not be hostage to the kind of music stuff being played by the local Fm stations whose music are catered to those folks who lived at the obnoxious river banks of Brgy. Pantal.

Jazz Fm like 98.7 smooth Jazz from Detroit, USA (http://player.play.it/player/player.html?v=4.4.35&id=67&one)that plays songs from Al Jareau, George Benson, Randy Crawford, Nora Jones, Little River Band indeed lifted-up my spirit.

Jesus Christ, all these visual and audio stuffs I mentioned are my daily dosages what LSD to the Beatles and what is heroin to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

Lets get high with the internet, baby!
(Send comments to totomortz@yahoo.com)

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