maligayang pasko

imagehuge colorfully lit “parol” & lantern-floats paraded around the academic oval of my alma mater the university of the philippines,  diliman campus <12.15.14> \ the u.p. lantern parade, first held in 1922, was one of my favorite christmas traditions …

i hope you are enjoying your traditions in this happy chill out season

::: merry christmas  happy holidays :::

book links

book blog

i was curious to know how many of the 33 books* i read in the past year connect to each other / i didn’t have a statistical model to sort it out, just a manual algorithm \ i obviously have a lot of time in my hands these past days 🙂

the links were apparent as i went through the books about the smuggling of 70,000 rubber tree seeds from the amazon, the “theft” of tea from china, & the re-enactment of the journey of IPA beer to india / the common historical context of these stories was trade & economics during the height of british colonial rule via the east india company \ food & how we cook our food are obviously connected / the omnivore’s dilemma & the history of white bread both speak about the industrialization of food \ some parts of the pig book i find to be pre-industrial-nostalgic

food connects to culture and this is seen in the cluster of connectedness among the story of cod, the basque country who were the early purveyors of cod & ernest hemingway \ hemingway of course is famously attached to spain & bullfighting and wrote about the spanish civil war in one of his great works “for whom the bell tolls” | a reminder of the bombing of the basque village of guernica / hemingway has described how he writes with a pencil <in “a moveable feast”> & that is how he connects to the pencil book where his well-known pencil pushing is actually mentioned \ lastly, hemingway’s prose is provided as an example in the book about the english language

the material & the spiritual cross in the books about the history of the financial industry & the exposition about eternity | both touch upon the flow & ebb of influence of the church / and bayes theorem is about beliefs \ the theorem is named after the rev. thomas bayes, a presbyterian minister who introduced statistical probability in the process of improving one’s beliefs \ not surprisingly, the theorem is being used to argue the existence|non-existence of god

*9 more than what i thought i could finish in 12 months! \ there were also 3-4 unfinished|dropped books & 1-2 not worth posting about

fun with word cloud

word cloud book blog 2014b

the word cloud is used to graphically show the most frequently occurring word in unstructured text data / the bigger the word, the more frequently it occurred compared to other words in the text being analyzed \ these are the two word clouds of the 32 posts about the books i read this year

i used wordle & tagcrowd / there are many layout, color & font options in wordle \ but tagcrowd which does not have many formatting options allows you to omit words / and it also gives you the actual usage count of each word \ the result would make a nice looking poster!

jamon iberico take 2

imagetoday’s lunch & food finds are worth a post! / trader joe’s actually had jamon iberico today \ much much less expensive at $55.92 a pound compared to’s <4.5x more> / but overall seemed to be of lower quality \ first, it was greasier & second, it did not taste as “fresh”, i.e., it tasted old / similar to the more expensive version though, it was not as salty as prosciutto

had it with 6-year aged cheddar cheese <nicely sharp!> which with crackers & blackberries would already have made a good light lunch together with / dogfish head beer american beauty, an imperial ipa with 9% abv \ it has the dancing bear on the label because it is a collaborative beer offering with grateful dead fans

love dogfish’s beer-music offerings* <typically limited release that would sometimes reappear> / my favorite is bitches brew after the miles davis landmark album of the same name \ but according to my local barman, it never made it to pittsburgh this season / i checked the dogfish website & true enough it is not available in pittsburgh 😦 \ but they have it in seattle! 🙂

*others that i’ve had are positive contact <alternative hip hop deltron 3030>, hellhound on my ale <bluesman robert johnson> & firefly <firefly music festival> / i’ve not seen faithfull ale <pearl jam> & beer thousand <guided by voices> available anywhere

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