In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents


Section I

1 The Egg

2 Hatsing! (Bless Me)

3 Arthropodic Wisdom

4 Dear Decision Maker

5 Letters To The World

6   A Pain In My Head

7 Something Happened On My Way To School
8   A Discourse on The Grand Laws of the Universe

9 Black or White

10 Bayanihan in Jeddah

11 Chair of The Interim Board

12 Breakaway Telephonic Existence

13 The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

14 One City, One School

15 Eggs Breaking

16 PESJ History

17 The Chicken Fence

18 Believing The Man

19   My Own Version of The Jolo-Caust

20 My Sister's Version

21 The Rifle Guitar

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

23  Landing on D-Day

24 The Great O-O-Os of the Late 20th Century

25 He Kept On Stumbling Over Chickens And Eggs

26   The Renaissance of Tilapia Farming And The Likes

27   The Saga Continues

28   The Pigeons In Our Lives

29 The Essence of Education

30   A School Is A Home

31  Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

32  At The Threshold

33  A Brief Discourse On Dancing

34  Being First

35   At The Edge of Light-Blue Metallic

36   Grappling With The Colossus


Section II
In Bigger Prints

The Power To Be
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 1 # 1

Of Crabs & Men
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

An Inability To Understand
Excerpts from A Speech by Prince Charles,
B & B Vol. Vol. 3 # 1

'Educating Miriam'
Excerpts from A Case Study of A Philippine School,
B & B Vol 3 # 2


Section III

A millennial short story


A Glossary of Pilipino
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Prologue, Epilogue, Iklog (O Manok?)
Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

34   Being First

Second chances, however, are harder to come by than the first chance. Whoever said that it is hard to be first, and would happily settle for second or third or fourth or nth, is terribly wrong.

The harking truth is that it is always a lot easier to be first.

Everyday, you have the opportunity to be first. People who begrudge that they will never be first in one thing or another, such as inventing the wheel or the telephone or discovering gravity or acceleration because dead people had been there first, are missing out on the day-to-day opportunities of today and tomorrow. Then they complicate matters further by spending their time dancing, or TV-gazing, or drinking beer or sleeping on the bus.

On any clear phoneline on the sunny Web, stateside, I could quickly uncover some of these consequential bytes which I picked up from just one source out of thousands, nay hundreds of thousands, even millions, more:

>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1999.


Alaska's Water Resources

The Water Resources of Alaska homepage is provided by the US Geological Survey. The goal of this project is to study and understand Alaska's hydrology (surface water, ground water, and water quality) for use and management of the nation's water resources. The site features a list of published reports and information about current projects as well as a vast amount of hydrologic data such as surface water, ground water, water quality, glaciers, water use, and hydrologic data reports. [SN]

Favorite Poem Project [RealPlayer, .pdf]

The brainchild of US poet laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Project aims to create for the Library of Congress a multimedia archive of 1,000 Americans of all ages and social backgrounds reading aloud their favorite poem. The project was announced in April 1998, and its official Website was launched on Valentine's Day. At the site, users can read about the Project's history and future, listen to and read selected poems, learn about the people who have submitted poems, and find out how they can submit their own favorite poem. Between its launch and April 2000, when Pinsky will deliver the first installment of the poetry archive to the Library of Congress, the site will continue to expand with more readings, message boards, and a teachers' section. [MD]

Exploratorium: Frogs [Shockwave, RealPlayer, .mp3]

This new exhibit from the Exploratorium (last described in the December 18, 1998 Scout Report) offers a peek into the world of Kermit's kin. Aimed at younger users, the site features several RealPlayer-enhanced feature stories on frogs, frog-researchers, and frog myths; a brief tour of Frog City USA; and interactive exhibits exploring frog calls and camouflage in nature. Additional features include instructions for making a rainstick, audio recordings of the rainforest, and a collection of annotated frog links. [MD]

Internet2 Poised for Launch Abilene Project

The Internet2 Project

Internet2, a project to bypass the congested public Internet and link research institutions via a high-speed network, takes its first big step forward this month with the launch of the Abilene test-bed. Abilene will initially link 70 research institutions with 13,000 miles of fiber-optic cable looped between New York and Seattle and operating at 2.4G bits per

second. Designed to serve the academic research community, Internet2 will not be accessible to the general public, but new technologies developed and tested on the network will certainly eventually find their way to ordinary end-users. At the Abilene site, users can learn about the project's history and participants, view a network map and technical information, and read the latest news and highlights. the main Internet2 site also offers a project overview, information on participants and goals, notices of Internet2 events, and news and highlights. The site also contains links to information on Abilene's sister projects: I2-DSI (Distributed Storage Infrastructure) and I2-DVN (Digital Video Network). [MD]

WindowBlinds 0.40

If you have too much time on your hands and you yearn to change the way Microsoft Windows appears on your computer, WindowBlinds, created by StarDock Systems, Inc., is for you. This interesting and entertaining application actually changes the way your Windows 95/98/NT desktop appears

-- window borders, backgrounds, buttons, and more can all be altered to your liking. WindowBlinds comes with several already created desktop styles (called "skins") and many more independently created skins are available for download. One of the more amusing skins is the MacPC which makes your Microsoft desktop look like a MacOS system. StarDock also provides the ThemeBuilder utility which, though complex, aids in creating new skins. WindowBlinds is free and runs on Win95/98/NT. [CL]

On any clear sunny day in Jolo, people will be sitting under, or standing by, the shades of acacia trees discussing the latest kidnap-for-ransom caper or the delay of salaries at some government office or the next grand concert tour of April Boy.

The more harried ones, who try to become useful by wrestling with the daily grind, will not even have time to think.

At the end of the day, they will be staring wearily at the waves lapping the mangrove trunks of their stilt houses, watching the wastes of the day float by toward the sunset.

Tell me, whose fault is it that these otherwise nice folks cannot multiply like websites on the World Wide Web?



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