The Nigerian 419 spammers (or are they Indian in this case?) have spun off a new series. This should be made into a movie (called 419). Sir/Madam, Please don’t be offended with my impromptu message. I am Nirmala Kirloskar, India but now resident in the UK 5 years, I want to tell you of an investment management […]Read more "The Troubles of Claire: The 419 spam drama takes a new twist"
I’ve been on the receiving end of Nigerian E-mail scams for as long as I’ve been active on Internet e-mail (Since about 1994 or so). But the last one I just received (which has landed on my work inbox) definitely takes the prize for creativity. The time-worn story of the African Finance Minister seeking assistance to […]Read more "Nigerian E-Mail Scammers Get Creative: The Libyan Passport Episode"
Think of it as the idea of Twitter hashtags gone wild. Twitter hashtags were invented by the online community (as is the case of many Twitter conventions) , in this case, by users who wanted a simple way to embed keywords into the Twitter stream, making it easy to search for conversations or topics. (The […]Read more "Battle of the Corona Trial Hashtags: A Case of #TooManyCoronas"
It never gets old. After a long tiring trip back to the Philippines, the traveller arriving at NAIA Terminal 1 is confronted with the inevitable chaos: a mass of people at Immigration (queues, what queues?) and even more chaos at the baggage claim. Some website that rates airports on their suitability for sleeping in terminals […]Read more "Welcome Home To “The World’s Worst Airport”"
Murder suspect on the lam Ramona Bautista (aka Ramona Revilla, Mara Bautista-Revilla, etc) briefly hit worldwide trending status on Twitter last night when Filipino Twitter users took to their computers or phones to suggest alternate movie titles for the hashtag #replacemovietitleswithRamona. While the hashtag went viral quite fast, I’m afraid the submissions were less than […]Read more "Ramona Bautista takes her Sister Act to Twitter"
Sometimes you just want to shake your head. A random search through Twitter tonight reveals that a lot of people still believe that satirical blog post that says the DPWH is suing Adobe for bad performance of Photoshop. I guess I tried to do my part with this think piece I published on this blog. […]Read more "Get Real: People still believe the DPWH is suing Adobe"
I’ve been a fan of satire for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I subscribed to Mad Magazine for a glorious two whole years, perhaps permanently warping my sense of humor. I dug humor as defined by the cohorts of Bill Gaines: Don Martin, Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragones, Larry Siegel, Mort Drucker, […]Read more "Is Online Satire Too Confusing for the Average Juan?"
Today’s bizarre internet meme is the saga of The Sexy Chicken. The New York Times Food section recently decided to do a feature on the new allure of deep fried crispy chicken skin – apparently, this form of crackling is a novelty among most Americans. Entitled “Chicken’s Attraction is Truly Skin Deep” – this piece […]Read more "The Sexy Chicken: The New York Times Discovers Chicken Chicharon"
The folks at the DPWH probably thought that this morning’s release of their official statement on their Photoshopping escapade would be the end of their long drawn out online humiliation. But alas, that was not meant to be. The Wall Street Journal’s online edition took notice and in a blog post by James Hookway, headlined the […]Read more "The Great DPWH Photoshop Meme Kicks Into Overdrive"
As the hilarious DPWH Photoshop meme rolls through the interwebs this morning, the department tries to do some damage control. This was tweeted by the @DPWHCO account today at 10:23 AM: The statement on Facebook reads: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH Central Office) DPWH OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE PHOTO POSTED IN THE DPWH […]Read more "The Great DPWH Photoshop Meme: The Official Apology"