Monday, March 30, 2009

Twitter Twitter Twittering...

I haven't been writing here lately because I'm getting to appreciate microblogging in Twitter a lot more than I used to. Twitter is the next step after Facebook. In my observation, unlike Friendster and Multiply, Facebook has become more appealing to old people. I have aunts, uncles and faraway relatives from yonder who have befriended me and now they get to find out more about me than what they usually see in family functions. It's fine to have da pulis force in the family in my friend list but because they're there, I tend to be more careful. I also have clients and industry friends who add me up on FB and that really blurs the lines of personal and professional information-sharing (I don't mean to say I don't want them in my network... I'm just saying everything has limitations, I'm sure you all can relate).


Anyway, what I like about Twitter is that it's a microblog. I can put random thoughts out there for people to see (or for my own consumption) and at the same time, I get to see their random thoughts, too. 90% of those I follow on Twitter are people I don't personally know... although I do know them to a certain extent, like Trent Reznor, Liam Gallagher (who just started his own clothing line called Pretty Green), Ellen Degeneres, Britney Spears, John Mayer (he tweets that he's getting ready for a jam), Bloc Party, Barack Obama (definitely not him but his PR or something), Kimi Raikkonen (who updates his Twitter on a weekly basis, I think. Like "just finished testing and tyres are great")... etc. For people who are mobile, it's also convenient for getting real time news. I got by the minute updates on the Australian GP yesterday via F1's Twitter on mobile.

Nine Inch Nails in Manila

Speaking of Trent Reznor, he confirmed on his Twitter that NIN is coming to Manila in August. Some unconfirmed reports indicate that the venue is at the Araneta Coliseum. I'm really excited since I like/love their music and I've read about how good they are live. My problem is (yeah, problem), my friends and I don't really share the same taste in music. They're more of the Rihanna type whereas I enjoy those otherwise so I'm sure I'll have a tough time convincing any of them to spend a few grand to watch NIN with me. A cousin of mine loved the band (and had it been possible, I would have had no trouble asking him to go), but unfortunately he's already making his own music high up the heavens.

Brawn @ Australian GP
And speaking of F1, I think the results of the Australian GP was a great, albeit surprising, way to start the season. At least there's a new contender challenging the podium staples. I'm just wondering what happened to the Ferraris, though. And I'd like to add that Brawn's colors remind me of my Stabilo Boss highlighters in highschool. And that Rubens Barrichello is such a perennial second-stringer, I wonder how he feels. At least he got his place in the podium.

I also think that Lewis Hamilton did pretty well, having come back from 18th from the grid to place third (Trulli was later penalised which cost him the third spot). Now as opposed to Button who led all the way (and didn't have much trouble maintaining that lead), I'd say Hamilton did a lot of work to end up 3rd. However, it's also arguable that Hamilton's finish was a result of the other drivers' misfortune.

A few years ago (in the early 2000s), a friend invited me to attend a Mild Seven event at the NBC Tent (I think) where Jenson Button was the highlight of the night. I begged off from that to attend some debut or something and it was okay because he was relatively unpopular then as he drove for one of the lesser known constructors... Guess I wrote him off too soon!

The year before Fernando Alonso became the youngest champion, he went to Manila as a promotional stunt for Renault and Mild Seven. The family of a close friend owned the restaurant where they held the press conference but the family was instructed to keep mum and to refrain from inviting outsiders to the event. In short, none of us knew. We were still in school then and I was just shocked to see photos of her chatting with him on her friendster! Betrayal! hahaha Well I guess now that I've also done a super secret presscon, I understand what she had to do at that time. I wasn't dying to meet Fernando Alonso anyway.

*Currently listening to: Electric Feel by MGMT
This just in (Apr 2, 6 PM):
Hamilton excluded from Australian results, Trulli regains third

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from last weekend’s
Australian Grand Prix after a second stewards’ investigation on Thursday decided
both he and his team had provided ‘misleading' evidence during a hearing held
after the Melbourne race.
Okay... I wrote in my post above that I thought Hamilton worked really hard to place at least third - would've been nicer if he coupled it with some honesty.