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In Love With You

Dear blog,

If you were a living entity, you could have punched me in the face for not even visiting the dashboard for a few months. I know, work is killing me. I have been to a few beach vacations while I was away and I even didn’t attempt to post any picture.

Earlier, I met Leah, my former orgmate in Business Chorale, who flies now with Oman Air as a flight attendant, recorded a duet which we have never learned before. It turned out that it sounds decent enough to be published and shared.

[Jacky:]
Just a gentle whisper,
Told me that you’re gone.
Leaving only memories,
Where did we go wrong?
I couldn’t find the words then,
So let me say them now.
I’m still in love with you.

[Regine:]
Tell me that you love me
Tell me that you care
Tell me that you need me
And I’ll be there
I’ll be there waiting
I will always love you
I will always stay true
There’s no one who loves you like i do

[Both:]
Come to me now
I will never leave you
I will stay here with you
Through the good and bad I will stand true
I’m in love with you

[Jacky:]
Now we’re here together
Yesterday has passed
Life is just beginning
Close to you at last
And I promise to you,
I will always be there
I give my all to you

[Regine:]
Living life without you
[Both:]
is more than I can bear
Hold me close forever
[Jacky:]
I’ll be there
[Both:]
I’ll be there for you
I will always love you
I will always stay true
There’s no one who loves you like I do
This I promise
I will never leave you
I will stay here with you
Through the good and bad I will stand true
Hold me closer
Our love is forever
Holding us together
Nothing in this world can stop us now

[Jacky:]
Love has found
[Regine:]
Love has found
[Both:]
A way

[Regine:]
I’m in love
[Jacky:]
I’m so in love
[Regine:]
I’m in love
[Jacky:]
Yes I’m in love
I’m so in love
[Both:]
With you

The Chaos

The Chaos

The pronunciation challenge poem has been circulating again on Facebook. I tried giving my chance of reciting this piece and recording it being exposed to unfamiliar words that I barely use. Mind you that I am wearing elastics between my upper and lower braces so this is harder for me.

I made sure that I deliver the diction as clearly as possible. When I played it back, I heard a lot of mispronounced words, but I think I delivered most of the words correctly.

How about yours?

The Chaos
by G. Nolst Trenite’ a.k.a. “Charivarius” 1870 – 1946

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse
I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye your dress you’ll tear,
So shall I! Oh, hear my prayer,
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, beard and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written).
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say said, pay-paid, laid, but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say break, steak, but bleak and streak.
Previous, precious, fuchsia, via,
Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir,
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles.
Exiles, similes, reviles.
Wholly, holly, signal, signing.
Thames, examining, combining
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war, and far.
From “desire”: desirable–admirable from “admire.”
Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier.
Chatham, brougham, renown, but known.
Knowledge, done, but gone and tone,
One, anemone. Balmoral.
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel,
Gertrude, German, wind, and mind.
Scene, Melpomene, mankind,
Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,
Reading, reading, heathen, heather.
This phonetic labyrinth
Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.
Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet;
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Banquet is not nearly parquet,
Which is said to rime with “darky.”
Viscous, Viscount, load, and broad.
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s O.K.,
When you say correctly: croquet.
Rounded, wounded, grieve, and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive, and live,
Liberty, library, heave, and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven,
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the difference, moreover,
Between mover, plover, Dover,
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police, and lice.
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label,
Petal, penal, and canal,
Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal.
Suit, suite, ruin, circuit, conduit,
Rime with “shirk it” and “beyond it.”
But it is not hard to tell,
Why it’s pall, mall, but Pall Mall.
Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,
Timber, climber, bullion, lion,
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, and chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor,
Ivy, privy, famous, clamour
And enamour rime with hammer.
Pussy, hussy, and possess,
Desert, but dessert, address.
Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants.
Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rime with anger.
Neither does devour with clangour.
Soul, but foul and gaunt but aunt.
Font, front, won’t, want, grand, and grant.
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger.
And then: singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.
Query does not rime with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post; and doth, cloth, loth;
Job, Job; blossom, bosom, oath.
Though the difference seems little,
We say actual, but victual.
Seat, sweat; chaste, caste.; Leigh, eight, height;
Put, nut; granite, and unite.
Reefer does not rime with deafer,
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,
Hint, pint, Senate, but sedate.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific,
Tour, but our and succour, four,
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, guinea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria,
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay.
Say aver, but ever, fever.
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
Never guess–it is not safe:
We say calves, valves, half, but Ralph.
Heron, granary, canary,
Crevice and device, and eyrie,
Face but preface, but efface,
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust, and scour, but scourging,
Ear but earn, and wear and bear
Do not rime with here, but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, clerk, and jerk,
Asp, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation–think of psyche–!
Is a paling, stout and spikey,
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing “groats” and saying “grits”?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel,
Strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict, and indict!
Don’t you think so, reader, rather,
Saying lather, bather, father?
Finally: which rimes with “enough”
Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough?
Hiccough has the sound of “cup.”
My advice is–give it up!

Sine Plot of Global Temperature of Earth

The Earth has lived more than 4.5 billion years ago and with the evolution of man that just recently took place based on its age, we have very scarce information on what happened on pre-historic time except the remains of the fossil, rocks and other geological antiques available for study. Though still in the very short span of manhood on this planet so far, the global temperature has been going up and down.

Global Temperatures

Global Temperatures

I found this image in one of the discussions in the Analytics group on LinkedIn. You can see an irregular but  seasonal sine of wave of the global temperature of earth when plotted on a time-series horizontal scale. The memories of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in Pampanga still linger at the back of my head; I think I was on my first few years of primary school when the volcano erupted which destroyed thousands of hectares of field crops and even reached its sulfuric ashes in some provinces in the Visayas.

I am not saying that the contributing factor to the cooling down of the planet is mainly caused by the volcanic eruption but considering the major contributors of warming are solar activities, weather conditions, man-made pollution and and oceanology temperature pattern.

Like I have learned in my Natural Sciences subjects, it is hard to predict when will the volcano erupt. Statistically speaking, if you would perform an additive smoothing or even ARIMA based on the data points in the plot above, the next volcano eruption that may lead to sudden decrease in the global temperature may happen soon. Why?

The gap between the highs and lows in the plots are a few centuries apart. Due to the pollution that greatly affect the warming of the planet, the process of cooling down becomes shorter in span. Mother Earth needs to cool down soon.

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On Open Source, Kind Of

Today is the day that I finally decided to let go of Windows on my 5-year old laptop. It was around 3 to 5 years of decision making shifting to Ubuntu. What kept me from doing it? Adobe Audition, Photoshop and Lightroom.

Yes! These three applications that keep me sane whenever I have creative-rush-of-moment are my salvation. Currently, I am trying to work around using the alternatives in the GNU environment but it seems that I might be needing some help from WINE so I can run these. It just basically keeps the jobs done efficiently and smoothly. Otherwise, I might need to install a virtual machine for the sake of running these applications. Nevertheless, my machine runs smoother and faster.

To tell you honestly, giving up these applications was not really my main motivator to move in Ubuntu – it is open source. Most of the applications that are used in Data Science, R and Python, are based on open source. By using more command line syntax rather than GUI, promotes and forces me to relearn the art of coding. Besides, I am set to learn the basics of Linux on edX in the next few months.

Ubuntu 14

Do you see the screenshot? I am trying to install a virtual machine via coding. Can I have some tissue please?