Archive for October, 2008

Chain Mail’s Evolution

Remember back in the day, when email was the primary way of staying in touch electronically?

There were these rather annoying things known as Chain Mail. They consisted of messages that either prophesied something to required you to forward it everyone you know, or said something about forwarding in order for some company to donate so many cents towards a good cause.

I responded to this problem with threats and making additions to my rather large Spam list (back in the day, I used Yahoo! which was rather prone to more solicitous spam as well).

Then out of the blue came MySpace. Like any living creature, sinister or not, Chain Mail adapted itself to the child predator friendly site in the form of Chain Bulletins.

Following my entrance into high school, I switched to Facebook, the higher form of Myspace, since it seemed to be the “high school” thing to do (peer pressure, guys).

For a while, it seemed as though Chain Mail turned Chain Bulletin would never make the jump to the bright white innocence of Facebook and would gradually become extinct.

Unfortunately, it was not to be. Recently, there have been reports of major breakouts of Chain Notes. Notes were innocent enough in the beginning, as was email and Myspace bulletins. They even had this nifty thing known as tagging, which enabled you to specify relevant friends. However, the tagging ability became its demise as people tagged friends just to bring attention to their notes. Granted, some notes were interesting, but I can’t tell you how pissed I get when I see myself tagged in a note and hurry to read it, only to find it to be a Chain Note, telling me to set my iPod on shuffle and tag 10 friends who might be interested (oh, how bad certain “friends'” judgment are).

Highy contagious.

But Facebook turned out to be a double, no wait, triple trouble. There are now Chain Groups out there, some formed for some random goal of achieving the Guiness World Record by getting 1,000,000 members. It’s a reasonable objective, but I don’t see why there has to be so many of the same groups (with different exponentially large targets) as to set a Guinness record all on its own. Then there’s the Applications. NO, I don’t care to be a Zombie or a Vampire and I don’t play Starcraft, so stop inviting me!


Update: 2009/03/09

I have no idea that chain mail evolved that fast. There is now a new species known as the Chain pictures. Must be natural selection — people getting bored with the older species. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re extinct, either.

I will admit that it is a bit more entertaining than the older one, but of course, if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be spreading.

A few examples of Chain pictures.

And the one I believe is the common ancestor of the different variants of Chain pictures:

The one that made them all.


October 20, 2008 at 9:23 PM 5 comments

Ingratitude Makes the World Go Round

A while ago, when my parents gave another one of my parent’s impromptu speeches. The subject of ingratitude came up and it got me thinking for a little bit.

The rather negative trait is a crucial element in preserving the delicate balance of the world.

People get rich, and then give birth to ingrateful kids. The ingrateful kids squander their parents’ money, thinking that it all comes for free.

In the meantime, people who are not so well off raise kids who realizes the value of money and education and sieze all opportunities available to them.

Thus, the rich get poorer while the poor get richer. And then the wheel turns again…

But then why are people with “old money” still so rich? Well, you can blame that on high-income tax cuts and banks – some people can live off interest alone.

Then again, some people cheat the system and aren’t ingrateful when they have a lot of opportunities.

October 15, 2008 at 6:18 PM 2 comments

Who to Blame for Symbolism

We all know that there’s supposed to be separation of church and state. However, there’s still the “In God we Trust” and “under one God” in the pledge of allegiance and all that, but that’s minor and I’m not too bothered with that at the moment, even though I’m not the biggest fan of religion of any sort.

Then some junior tells me about Bible cards. I understand that we’re using the Bible stories and that the school isn’t trying to preach to us or anything, but if there’s another thing I’m not a big fan of, it’s symbolism.

And I just realized how much symbolism that bliddy English Honors teachers are bound to find in the Bible. Why in the world did some old man/men who has currently spent two thousand years with his alleged God have to write this bunch of stories? Now look what happened to our schools. Our teachers now cannot seem to accept the fact that authors merely used the color white to describe the color of an object as white, or using the number three simply because he needed three objects. Instead, they have to brew up entire conspiracies for the author, linking him to the loss of innocence and sexual discrimination.

Thanks a lot whoever wrote the Bible. I hope you’re happy.

And I haven’t even gotten started on author’s purpose yet. I wonder what the Muslim’s version of the Bible says.

October 7, 2008 at 8:14 PM 2 comments


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