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VIDEO | Smartphone app helps non-Arabic speaking Muslims read the Qur’an

VIDEO | Smartphone app helps non-Arabic speaking Muslims read the Qur’an

Amazon’s ‘Fire’ smartphone contains chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, NXP

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CYBER ART EXHIBIT | Monsters, machines, Steampunk…and Hiphop?

These days I’m much more inclined to think that Manila needs to become more international, especially where the arts are concerned.

Jingle Chordbook Magazine : the Internet of our time

An hour-long documentary of the publishing juggernaut of Jingle, the conduit, in pre-Internet Philippines, for all information about popular music, foreign, and popular, and the nexus for popular music culture.

Works in Confluence: Notes on the Confluence section of ‘Listen to My Music’

The exhibition celebrating composer and ethnomusicologist Dr. Jose Maceda is up and running with projects featuring contemporary musicians and sound artists who were given access to the Maceda collection.

Bytes and bamboo: Jose Maceda meets Manila’s musical underground

This coming June, the UP College of Music will again be commemorating the death anniversary of Dr. Jose Maceda, the legendary Filipino ethnomusicologist and avante-garde composer.

Rails, Ruins, and Re-use: New York’s High Line Greenway

The first time I’d heard of the High Line was when my wife Chako’s old college buddy Gabby offered to tour us around it during the second week of last October. We were in New York, visiting friends living in …

September 15 is Software Freedom Day

September 15 is Software Freedom Day, SFD for short. It’s an annual, international celebration observed on the third Saturday of September (i.e. this coming Saturday) to promote the use of FOSS, or Free Open-Source Software. This September 15, parallel celebrations …

Land of the Cyborgs: Thoughts on MIDI Controllers

I spend most of last week playing with this controller I have: the Novation Launchpad. Essentially, it’s an 8 x 9 grid of lighted buttons that plug into your computer . You can see it in action here. The video …

Laboratorium Zero: Art and coding in the Age of Facebook

Last August 1, Tengal (the festival director of the media arts showcase Fete dela WSK) called for people to come to Terminal Garden, (the name he calls his house when it’s functioning as a social center/headquarters for his various projects) …

The hardest button to button. Thoughts on interface design

How do you know what is what? Whatever else design is supposed to do, clarifying this question is, to me, one of its most interesting tasks. In fact, you could probably say that its answers to this question are the …

On misspelled words, writing in Tagalog, and Dinuguan

I recently discovered this writer on the Internet: one Lynda Barry, a pale, freckled, red-haired, 55 year old American cartoonist who is one quarter Pinay. She’s relatively unknown in the present, but in the eighties, she was famed as the …

Swimming in the Swarm: Big Brother in the 21st Century

Last Sunday my wife Chako and I were at the birthday party of Mel Dominguez, the partner of InterAksyon’s Infotek editor Jing Garcia. We were seated at the journalists’ table with Jing; Chako and I were talking to Lifestyle editor …

Kung Fu Lizards versus the Monks of the Boneyard: A Meditation on Science and its Presentation

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been laying down the soundtrack for Butch Perez’ Birthplace, a film that compresses 4 and a half billion years of terrestrial history into 12 minutes of stereoscopic 3D animation (ie 3D, the kind …

Steel, fire and magic: Thoughts on a filmmaker’s love letter to indigenous Filipino culture

Saw Sakay Sa Hangin, (Wind-Blown) Regiben Romana’s latest film last Wednesday. Regi is an old friend. I recently figured out that Regi and I each witnessed the other’s first meeting with the woman he married, a relationship that seems like …

Subflex: Manila’s best kept musical secret

Wednesday is the week’s dead night in the world of bars and clubs. Music joints and drinking holes: the favored haunts of Lautrec and Hokusai. What they called the ukiyo, the floating world, in old Tokyo. Ukiyo the raucous party …

Wo®ds Incorporated

On my Facebook status, I recently wondered out loud on the fate of the word “kodakan” (a noun and verb-stem in street Filipino meaning “the act of taking photographs”) now that Eastman Kodak has filed for bankruptcy. While it’s true …

The cyborg in the river: A meditation on the art of Lirio Salvador

Slowly, the news is hitting the mainstream press: Lirio Salvador, the sound artist, was a tragic victim of a hit and run by a motorcycle outside his gallery, the Espasyo Siningdikato, in Dasmarinas Cavite, two days short of the new …

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