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Basically, what happens when the living embodiment of a Mary Sue trope pops into the J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek and how she affects the characters within.

I only got into the Ensign Sue Must Die webcomic epic (currently in the third and final chapter) when I spotted kevinbolk's art post that showed a Benedict-Holmes cameo. From there, I clicked on the link leading to the actual webcomic, and started reading from the first post. If you've read or written any fanfic in any fandom, you will be sucked into the world(s) that Ensign Sue has turned upside-down.

A fun fact that I've just discovered: the term Mary Sue actually originated from a 1974 Star Trek fanfic, with the main character named Mary Sue. Which makes the Ensign Sue webcomic even more hilarious.



Thank the internet deities, I can watch Korra online!!!


Not the news I want to end 2011 with...

Stupid politicking...

Summary: former mayor managed to get a recount of the previous mayoral elections and found out that he won by more than 600 votes. So, with this technicality, he kicked out the "incumbent" mayor and was sworn into office. Thing is, former mayor was not known for doing anything constructive and ended his previous term of office by leaving the town with a massive debt after overhauling the town plaza. Rumor has it that he used most of the funds on an out-of-the-country vacation spree with his lover and his buddies.

Damn it!

Bilingual craziness

James Soriano’s Controversial Article Removed from the Manila Bulletin Website

Obviously, I'm a week late in reacting to this (via blog). Of course, I did have a rousing time discussing it over in Twitter.

He's a coño, elitist snob! How dare he malign the Filipino language! Obviously, he isn't educated enough!

Well, check out this portion of Soriano's original article:

Only recently have I begun to grasp Filipino as the language of identity: the language of emotion, experience, and even of learning. And with this comes the realization that I do, in fact, smell worse than a malansang isda. My own language is foreign to me: I speak, think, read and write primarily in English. To borrow the terminology of Fr. Bulatao, I am a split-level Filipino.

But perhaps this is not so bad in a society of rotten beef and stinking fish. For while Filipino may be the language of identity, it is the language of the streets. It might have the capacity to be the language of learning, but it is not the language of the learned.

It is neither the language of the classroom and the laboratory, nor the language of the boardroom, the court room, or the operating room. It is not the language of privilege. I may be disconnected from my being Filipino, but with a tongue of privilege I will always have my connections.

Little wonder at the online backlash from fellow Filipinos (unless Soriano meant it to be a satirical essay, but it doesn't seem to be the case). Fortunately, not all privately-schooled kids are like Jamies Soriano. Check out Chuck Araneta's open letter to James. Now that's how to write it.

Thing is, Soriano's controversial article did prove one thing: we're not promoting our own language enough. Take me, for example. I was the only one in my family who struggled with Filipino because I learned English first. Via television! I mean, I could speak the basics, but the heavy-duty Filipino terms and idioms, they escape me, and I have to ask my parents for information (to everyone's amusement). Since I started my education, I just barely passed my Filipino subjects. It was only AFTER I graduated from University that I really got interested in the mother language and brushed up a bit.

Socially, this is to our disadvantage: we're getting odd looks and snickers from our fellow Filipinos just for being more fluent in English than Filipino. On the other side of the spectrum, the elitists will make fun of your accent and grasp of the language when you attempt to speak in English.

Essentially, James Soriano is a by-product of this bizarre bilingual inequality, with a dash of misplaced haughtiness. We ought to be a bit more open-minded on these things, IMHO.


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