on Internet privacy

It is a much-missed wonder of how just 10 years ago, life used to have much more privacy. We basically check our e-mail, open some websites of interest, and that's it. No social networking sites, no instant messenger, no Wikipedia.

Because now with practically (almost) everybody whom we know either have a Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, or LinkedIn account (or all of them), privacy on the internet is a nonexistent thing.

On this regard, I specifically refer to Facebook. No matter how much seclusion you impose on your privacy settings, there is always a loophole that sooner or later can fall into malefic hands.

You may think that your recent picture of you and your girlfriend being intimate by the shores of Malibu as totally harmless. Well, wait until one day you apply for a job at Microsoft or run as a mayor (who knows?). Potential employers do trawl the virtual world for such tripes, and the matter of how much information you disclose in the internet may well be regarded as a threat, since it also means that you may also disclose company's confidential informations.

But oh well, internet privacy is dead, isn't it?

Even my blog is still alive.


A new bet

Oops...wrong flag!

Glorie voor Nederland!

I have made a new bet in favour of Netherlands.

If Netherlands win this Sunday's final match, my sister Melody can come with me to watch team France or team Japan's matches on World Cup Brazil 2014 (that is, provided that the next Cup's events don't interfere with my college schedule).

If Netherlands lose, then I'm not taking her with me.

The Oberhausen octopus seems to be alive and well. Let's just hope that his prediction is inaccurate this time.

This is a female Dutch octopus, don't mistake it for the Oberhausen oracle!

'post~script. I only make bets that involve my sister since it involves my own money, and a large sum at that. My own money stays in my own family. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a friend...that would be too much, ain't it?



My TV has no channel reception (since I only purchased the TV to play the Wii). I could only watch football at my friends' place or at the bar.

And since Japan lost its quarter-final match to Paraguay, I kinda lost my appetite to watch any more football.

Also, I literally lost my eating appetite for two days. It was a real drag.

I ignored any news about who advanced to the semifinals.

Until yesterday. Germany vs Spain.

As I had written previously, Germany is my 3rd most favourite football team (after Japan and France).

Hence out of curiosity, I went to Les français' home to watch the game on their ESPN.

A disappointing game by the Germans, I say. It was the only German match I had the chance to watch, and it was obvious how demoralised the Germans were in their defence...the ball possession and goal shots have been dominated mostly by the Spaniards!

It would have been much better if the final was Germany against Netherlands. Because I would definitely root for Germany.

But it's Spain vs Netherlands, unfortunately.

Curse the octopus.

Now I know this is an ad hominem attack, but I really do not wish to see Spain crowned as the victor of World Cup 2010.

No particular reason, other than I've always had a certain penchant against Spain, Italy, and all South American football teams.

May the glory belong to the Netherlands.


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