Category Archives: Blogging

Blogger/Blogspot [still] has backend image upload problems

I posted to my Blogspot blog a few minutes, of an entry that took all day to finish only to discover that Blogger/Blogspot had been having troubles with uploaded images in what it calls “image backend problems” since late March 2010.


No, it hasn’t been resolved and I did post to Blogger’s support forum just before this [Posterous] entry, thus:

“Posted an entry a few minutes ago and did a work-around:

uploading the image to a 3rd-party image hosting site from Blogspot’s image source, then linking the image from the 3rd-party site into the post in the hope of circumventing Blogspot’s “backend” problem but I still got a blank space where the image is supposed to be.

Otherwise, all other images and videos in older posts appear fine.

Hope the problem is resolved very soon.”




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i got a nomination notice in my mail, thank you

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inventiveness beyond grooves, Michael Jackson beyond music making

Michael Jackson, performer and compleat artist Aug. 29, 1958-June 25, 2009

MJ shoe patent3
MJ shoe patent1
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Thanks to Garry, co-founder of’s Michael Jackson tribute page, from whom I read about this. Truly a post worth re-republishing.

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Thank you to the Man from Manila

There is something to be said about the true character of a person, man or woman.

Francis Magalona was a true-blooded showbiz personality, he the offspring of a showbiz union.

Perhaps it is that old school lineage manifests itself no matter the bumpy journey one has — or had, as his— that niceness, gentlemanliness, courtesy, humility and passion for one’s calling seep through the superficial social stereotypes, self-vandalisms and peer pressures.

Francis was always a cut above the rest because he was articulate, artistic and intelligent and demonstrated the freest of expressions than any of his contemporaries ever did. Yet he always did things with flair, even as a noontime show host from which a live feed on its sister station broke to announce his passing today, Friday.

Rap is not Filipino, but Francis made it Pinoy. As a rap musician, he put an agreeable, friendly face to what became an angry, jaded and sometimes negative, genre. Like in person, his anger was acceptable and viral because, really, they were about concern for the Bayan (country) and for each kababayan (countrymen).

I guess Francis has said and done enough in 44 years: about his very public life, his nationalism, politics and advocacy, and his private pain and gallant battle with illness in which, finally, his physical shell could no longer handle.

FrancisM’s last entry dated 14 Jan 2009
I look forward to the pain as I know my journey is on full speed ahead. I will not be bold to say that without asking a favor from you all. PLEASE PRAY for me as I undergo treatment. Your prayers, as always, have sustained me. And am sure the Lord will listen to all our prayers. To His will I submit myself.

I salute a Filipino for accomplishing a lifetime in 44 years. Hopefully, your life messages will be listened to for years to come. Salamat, FrancisM.


Photo of Francis Magalona from his official site.
Please visit
FrancisM’s AML blogumentary
Francis on Wikipedia
His clothing line and other creations can be seen here.

Watch the breaking news on QTV 11’s Balingtanghali here 

(This blog is cross-posted) | Image above: krvilla.09

UPDATE with a couple of links on general reading about FrancisM’s cancer, 08 Mar 09

Read up on Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia from
About Leukemia, AML and other types from
About Mixed-Lineage Leukemia from Howard huges Medical Institute, published Dec. 2001
Adult acute myeloid leukemia from the National Cancer Institute
Some AML FAQs from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Philippine music chronicler Pocholo Concepcion’s write-up (PDI: “FrancisM loses happy battle”) on the breaking news as it appeared in print on 07 March 2009 said so much more than any other quick write-ups that made it to the deadline. Read it here.

A growing number of links by and about Francis Magalona can be found here.


Filed under AML Leukemia, Blogging, Filipino, Filipino values, Film, Francis Magalona, FrancisM, life lessons, Man from Manila, Manila, music, OPM, Rap, Tribute

WP 2.7 Dashboard surprise: Eyecandy!

Who wouldnt want a treat?

Who wouldn't want a treat?

After a long day — it didn’t help that the fickleminded early December weather was a mix of dry chilly wind and humid air  — a yummy surprise is always welcome.

You know how it is when the acknowledged cooks in the family are left to themselves in the kitchen doing their stuff while we go about our daily concerns. We know that they’re putting something *nice* together. How *nice* that will come to be, though, we leave it up to circumstance, knowing they won’t fail our expectations even when there are moments when their activities fall to the back burner of our  attention.

Such is’s upgrade, notwithstanding the sustained v2.7 announcement;   it can’t be helped but to ignore it sometimes, or be curious about it depending on one’s state of mind at the time that the notice appears (or is seen) on the dashboard. 
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More WordPress stats: “Breaks 4 million hosted blogs mark” []'s WP 4mn mark image

I have to give it to the guys at WordPress. This heads up came from Plurk friend today on WordPress’ new milestone: surpassing the four-million mark for hosted blogs as soon as September entered the 2008 calendar.

The news was drawn from Joseph Scott’s blog posted on Sept. 3, 2006, or three days before WordCamp Philippines in which he proposes that if the sign up trend continues, “will hit 5 million in less than 4 months [or possibly] (end of December?)”., on which this blog is hosted, is the free blogging platform of WordPress.

During the recently-concluded WordCamp Philippines 2008, Matt Mullenweg showed a slide from his presentation of an increase of 1 million in WordPress blogs between his talk in Manila and WordCamp San Francisco in August — in just within three weeks.

Matt also said at WordCamp Philippines 2008 that there have been, thus far:

  • 4 million beta-testers
  • 11 million downloads so far
  • a total of 5 default plug-ins use in WordPress blogs on the average
  • between 1-2.3 million new blogs

This milestone proves that the principle behind WordPress’ dedication towards user satisfaction and a continuous effort towards achieving a robust and secure platform is on the right track.

Because of Matt’s personal appearance and targeted presentation last Saturday, it is comforting to know that there are companies, developers, programmers and designers who are inclined to listen to users and strive to offer good service. I wish all the guys over at WordPress all the best.


Image above courtesy of from Joseph Scott’s blog
Joseph Scott’s original post’s post with some additional data
WordCamp 2008 Philippines status report
Breakaway sessions at WordCamp 2008 Philippines from
Some images from the WordCamp 2008 Philippines
Related WordCamp 2008 Philippines mind doodles

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Postscript to a Camp and a world premiere: WordCamp Philippines 2008

Having attended the first WordCamp in Southeast Asia at the College of St. Benilde in De La Salle University over at Taft Avenue last Saturday, Sept 6, I have to say that blogging truly is a serious undertaking for many, and I take it from those who attended and stayed throughout the event. This also happens to be the first blog-related event I had ever been to.

I missed the morning sessions and I feel deprived of knowing about some important issues regarding blog services in general, and the state of WordPress in the Philippines, in particular (courtesy of Chuckie Dreyfus).

However, I made sure to stay the rest of the day and be at the highlight of the event which I believe was WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg‘s talk and the premiere with live demo of version WP 2.7. But that is getting ahead of myself.

Organizers, volunteers and attendees busy at the front of house before entering the venue

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