Last Click Syndrome

Last Song/Click Syndrome
September 19, 2010, 8:03 pm
Filed under: Music, The Internet

Urban Dictionary, a site I find more reliable than Wikipedia, explains this so-called Last Song Syndrome:

1. To listen to music before going out of the house, and having the last song you hear before leaving stick in your head all through your journey, and beyond. Hmm, so this essentially means that LSS only happens to people who don’t have an iPod. Makes sense, considering that LSS can instantly be cured by just listening to a newer song while you’re on the road.

2. Is usually accompanied by subconscious humming. I remember once, while I was riding the train to Quezon City. I sat beside this middle-aged man reading a newspaper, and he was singing (not humming) Faithfully by Journey. Two train stations later he switched tracks. Kiss by Tom Jones. “You don’t have to be rich to be mah girl.” I stood up and gave my chair to a lady. The moral of the story: There are always perfect opportunities to be a gentleman.

3. This syndrome is particularly dangerous when the song happens to be the most pathetic, crappy, albeit catchy song ever. Oh, hell yeah. Imagine hearing that stupid Barney song before you go out to work, and you begin to sing it right in front of your boss.

I love my blog’s name. It’s a name that could instantly come to us from out of nowhere, yet it’s something that we never dare use in normal conversations. Perhaps it’s due to this conflict between our tongue and our teeth when we pronounce “last click”, but I still think it’s awesome.

So what happens when you have Last Click Syndrome? Here’s my take:

1. To browse the Internet before going out of the house and having the last site you’ve visited stuck in your head all throughout your journey. This is particularly evident in people who love to visit pornsites.

2. Is usually accompanied by staring into space or involuntary moving of the fingers as if typing on a keyboard or clicking on a mouse. Particularly evident on bloggers or those ridiculously hardworking videogame walkthrough writers. If symptoms persist, slice own fingers.

3. This syndrome is particularly dangerous when the site happens to be something as shallow as Farmville. Please don’t hate me.

So tell me. What is the last song that got stuck in your head? How did you manage to get rid of it?


And This is Why Call Center Agents Earn Thousands
September 18, 2010, 7:44 pm
Filed under: The Internet, Videos

I’m pretty sure more than fifty percent of netizens have already heard of this aptly called UCP Call Center Scandal, but I find it no harm to show it once again. This is a rare gem that I guess every (Filipino) blogger should have on their blogs.

It gets freakier each time I listen to it. To think that a woman like her exists somewhere in the world. I wouldn’t want to meet a bitch like her while walking in a dark alley.

Yet I can’t help but think that the entire turmoil could have been avoided if it wasn’t triggered by the call center agent. Notice at 00:24, when the woman says, “Gusto mong basagin ko tong screen niyo dito? Ha?” and the agent could only answer, “Kayo po.”

And the next ten minutes happens. Brilliant.

Now here’s another call center vid involving a male caller and a female agent. This is one those Epic Fail moments wherein the girl fails to hold the Mute button while she says, “Putang ina mo rin” right at the 3:41 mark.

And the next two minutes happens. Brilliant.

No matter where you look at it, though, the girl is at fault. But that’s my opinion. There are still those sympathizers on Youtube who say that the man shouldn’t have been arrogant during the call. But I tell you, there will always be dirty-mouthed callers out there and that is why it is part of the call center agents’ training to handle people like them.

Putang ina mo rin, ba’t ka magmumura, wala naman akong magagawa kung–

Epic fail.

Weblog, Wee-blog, Blog
September 18, 2010, 3:50 pm
Filed under: History, The Internet

So apparently it was some dude named John Barger who coined the term weblog in the year 1997. And this dude, John Barger, he was an essayist who wrote about James Joyce for some reason. His site, appropriately named Robot Wisdom, is baffling enough. Visitors would find a terribly disfigured homepage completely lacking of nice templates and satisfactory aesthetics, and this came from the guy who influenced millions of people into logging in everyday to write about anything they could think of.

Oh, yeah, this is the guy:

Yep, he looks like the type who’d do something revolutionary.

So what about the term blog? Is it merely a product of laziness among people who find it too tiring to pronounce the “we” in “weblog”? Apparently, a much cooler explanation exists in the form of a joke. Hell yeah, the term blog is a product of a joke. See, some guy named Peter Merholz, thinking he was witty enough, separated the word weblog in wee-blog in his site Peter Me, which is ten times better-looking than Barger’s Robot Wisdom. I’m not actually sure what came into Merholz for separating weblog into two words, but the explanation in his site simply tells us that the guy has a strong passion with words. And thus, the word blog came to life.

Here’s Peter Merholz.

John Barger has something that Peter doesn't have. Three guesses.

And pretty soon the word blog is used both as a noun (have a blog) and as a verb (blog the incident). And it was then that the term blogger has been coined by some Evan Williams, co-founder of two Internet biggies Blogger and Twitter.

Pretty boy Evan Williams really has something to brag about. Too bad he's a vegetarian.

Sure, there are plenty of things to be learned from the presentation of these three Internet icons. First is that the lack (or the excess) of hair doesn’t really matter when it comes to contributing to society. Second is that even a simple joke can turn into a worldwide phenomenon (take the viagra sheet, for example). Third is that big things have to start somewhere, and this is why I decided to go for a short linguistic history of the blog as my first post. I am hoping that I would be passionate enough to take care of this WordPress blog. During the past few years I feel like a net nomad, switching from one blog host to another because of the simple fact that I couldn’t really find my special place in the World Wide Web. This is simply one of my countless blogs (some are active, others have been forsaken), so again, I’m hoping for the best.

But seriously, just look at John Barger’s beard! I mean, whoa!