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Message from the Oughties: We found a stash of Flip magazines.

September 04, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, World Domination Update 22 Comments →

Reader scheherazade asks if we have plans of compiling our interviews/profiles into a book, and silentfollower wants to read an article about Joel Torre. In fact we interviewed JT for a cover story in Flip 11 years ago. And we just found 20 copies of that issue in a box buried under a pile of books.

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Flip: The Official Guide to World Domination, issue # 3. Contains essays by Lav Diaz, Tad Ermitaño, Tina Cuyugan, Adel Gabot, Gemino Abad and Ramon Sunico, an article on motorcycling by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, a treatise on economic competitiveness by Anton Periquet, an investigative report on video piracy by Roby Alampay, ruminations on Tom Babauta by Ige Ramos, Gabe Mercado’s groundbreaking research into the single most popular room service item in Metro Manila’s motels: crispy pata, a Bohol travelogue by Francine Medina, a fashion editorial by Joyce Fernandez, Buddha Boy’s advice column You’ve Got A Problem, our story on Joel Torre, and more.

This stash of Flip magazines will go on sale at JT’s Manukan branches next week. The magazine no longer exists, so this is a collector’s item, which will go for, hmmm, Php250 each. If you want to buy a copy, post your reservation in Comments before Friday and specify which JT’s branch is nearest you. The rest will be available at JT’s Manukan branches, where you can get Gus Fring, este, JT to sign your copy. Wait, we don’t know where he will be, so we’ll ask him to sign all the copies.

JT’s Manukan has branches at Granada corner Valencia St; Ortigas Avenue near Greenhills, SJ; Malugay corner Buendia in Makati; Sgt. Esguerra St. near Tomas Morato QC; Home Depot on Julia Vargas in Pasig; Katipunan, QC; Eastwood City Walk; McKinley Hill, Bonifacio; and Banawe Ave, QC.

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Okay, copies have been reserved for:
qbeng – Eastwood City Walk branch
silentfollower – Julia Vargas
greeneggsnham – Malugay
bipolar – Sgt Esguerra
wangbumaximus21 – Katipunan
zos – Katipunan
japz20 – Katipunan
We’ll drop off the copies for JT to sign this weekend, then they will be sent to the branches where you can get them. They should be there by the middle of next week. Thanks.

Update: The magazines have been delivered to the branches and may be claimed from the cashiers. For Malugay, look for Che or Jecel. For Scout Esguerra, Arlene or Grace; Katipunan, Cherry or Daris; and at Julia Vargas, Michelle or Karen. Thank you for waiting!

World Domination will be wearable.

August 18, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Clothing, World Domination Update 28 Comments →

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Our enterprising friend is coming up with a line of T-shirts called World Domination, featuring things we have said or written. We’ve been talking about the design for some time.

If we had our way, all T-shirts would be black or white (or a single dark hue), with a line of text. We like basic and stark—we’re strange enough on our own. The shirt-maker said our idea was too severe; we want to reach the mass market and the buyers would like a bit more pizzazz. We didn’t want anything cartoony or obvious. Finally the shirt-maker suggested a translucent overlay.

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What do you think? Would you buy this shirt? Target retail price: under Php300.

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They could also make variants without overlays, with satin necklines in lighter shades and text to match.

Are there any lines we’ve written that you’d like to see on a t-shirt? Let us know. If the t-shirt gets made, we’ll send you one.

koosi's design
Naturally Koosi thinks she should be on any shirt.

The sociological significance of ‘bolitas’. No seamen jokes, please.

August 10, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: History, Sex, Traveling, World Domination Update 4 Comments →

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Sorry we don’t have a proper picture, but here’s a jar of marbles.

Somewhere, someone is already writing a pitch for an indie movie.

The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers
by Ryan Jacobs

When Norwegian anthropologist Gunnar Lamvik first began living in Iloilo city, a seafaring haven in the southern Philippines, he sensed he wasn’t getting the richest and most detailed information about the shipping experience from interviews with his neighbors, who were home on two-month vacations from 10 months at sea. To crack the cultural mystery of any total institution, you have to go inside, he reasoned. “If you [want] a feeling of a seafarer’s life, you have to be at sea with them when they are open,” said Lamvik, who now studies how cultural differences affect occupational safety at a Norway-based think-tank called SINTEF. “It’s important to be on board for some time, and build trust. That’s the crucial thing to do.”

For the next three years, he was on and off ships, floating with his subjects from port to port and trying to make that connection.

At a raucous karaoke crew member party somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it began to happen. He belted out the lyrics to “House of the Rising Sun.” Then, he insisted on singing it again. “That was a real ice breaker,” he said.

It was in this type of loose, booze-flowing setting that he learned the most about the lives of his shipmates. And soon, conversations turned to perhaps the most fascinating part of the Filipino seafaring identity, the little-known and barely studied sexual practice of “bolitas,” or little balls.

Many Filipino sailors make small incisions in their penises and slide tiny plastic or stone balls — the size of M&M’s — underneath the skin in order to enhance sexual pleasure for prostitutes and other women they encounter in port cities, especially in Rio de Janeiro. “This ‘secret weapon of the Filipinos,’ as a second mate phrased it, has therefore obviously something to do,” Lamvik wrote in his thesis, “‘with the fact that ‘the Filipinos are so small, and the Brazilian women are so big’ as another second mate put it.”

Read the article at The Atlantic.

Thanks to Chus for the link.

Just dessert, or weapon of world domination?

May 31, 2013 By: jessicazafra Category: Food, World Domination Update 2 Comments →

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For months we’d been walking past the “Inutak” food stand outside the supermarket. The other day we finally tried it.

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Inutak is a sticky rice cake slathered with coconut cream. It’s very rich and evil, meaning we approve enthusiastically. Inside it looks like a smooth sapin-sapin/halayang ube. We’re guessing the name “inutak” comes from the brain/marrow-like texture of its top layer.

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Many years ago, our friend Tina wondered why no one has come up with a dessert of dried mango slices dipped in chocolate. After many years of pointless searching, she found it.

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It’s intense and insanely brilliant. On their own, dried mango and chocolate are good; together they are awesome squared.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? This is an instrument of world domination! With this weapon, we would crush all competition.

The Theory of World Domination, Reloaded

April 03, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: World Domination Update 1 Comment →

Why am I bringing this up again? Because the real test of a theory is whether it can accommodate discoveries made after the theory was formulated.

Read my column Emotional Weather Report today in the Philippine Star.

The ones who should be famous

February 06, 2011 By: jessicazafra Category: Science, World Domination Update 5 Comments →

In Emotional Weather Report, today in the Philippine Star.

We will sniff out the slightest trace of Pinoy-ness in a foreign celebrity, and claim them as one of us. But there are Filipinos outside of the entertainment industry who deserve the kind of recognition we only give celebrities. I mean the people whose work helps us to understand why the world is the way it is, who make the universe seem a little less vast and mysterious.

I asked my friend Michael Purugganan, the Dorothy Schiff Professor of Genomics at New York University, a recent Guggenheim fellow, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to make a list of famous contemporary scientists who are Filipino or of Filipino descent.

“That’s actually a difficult list,” Michael said. “No Filipino has won the Nobel and few scientists make it to the public consciousness (there are very few Stephen Jay Goulds or Richard Dawkinses). This would be my personal list, but only because I have heard of them or know them.”

In the Philippines we begin with the late Leonard Co. Our premiere botanist and plant conservation biologist was killed in an alleged military encounter last November in Leyte. There are at least four species named after him by his colleagues abroad. He was well-loved and is greatly missed.

Cora de Ungria, head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory at UP, almost single-handedly built up the DNA forensics database in the country. Her work has been crucial in tracing the genetic evolution of the Filipino people.

Photo: Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a swirling storm seen for over 300 years, since the beginning of telescopic observations. But in February 2006, planetary imager Christopher Go noticed it had been joined by Red Spot Jr – formed as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the remarkable reddish hue. This sharp Hubble Space Telescope image showing the two salmon-colored Jovian storms was recorded in April. About half the size of the original Red Spot, Red Spot Jr. is similar in diameter to planet Earth. Seen here below and left of the ancient storm system, it trails the Great Red Spot by about an hour as the planet rotates from left to right. While astronomers still don’t exactly understand why Jupiter’s red spots are red, they do think the appearance of Red Spot Jr. provides evidence for climate change on the Solar System’s ruling gas giant. Photo from the NASA APOD Archive.
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