Saturday, February 04, 2017

Notes On UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez Vs. Korean Zombie

Adam Milstead versus Curtis Blaydes was just painful to watch. Milstead's corner should've stopped the fight at the end of round one. Milstead's right knee was done in the first round. And then there's the fact that he was getting ragdolled by Blaydes. Milstead had absolutely nothing to offer. He was getting pummeled both on his feet and on the ground.

His corner sending him back for the second round was a huge mistake. I won't be surprised if his knee has been compromised for good. I don't know how much he's getting paid tonight but I hope it's more than enough to cover the surgeries he'll need to fix the buckled knee. On another note, Blaydes is a beast. He's big, he hits hard, and he's fast. And he's only 25 years old. And he won all his seven MMA victories by technical knockout. His only loss came in the hands of Francis Ngannou. The heavyweight division just got more interesting.

Jessica Andrade is bringing it to Angela Hill. Hill is able to keep the distance early but Andrade is slowly shortening the distance and landing heavy shots. The first round was all Andrade. Second round was also all Andrade. All Hill did was try to survive and fight another round. Third round was just a continuation of the second round. Hill had her moments but Andrade was just too much for her.

Marcel Fortuna made a lot of people pay attention to what he has to offer tonight. He slept Anthony Hamilton with a nasty and perfectly-timed punch. Not only is Hamilton nearly 50 pounds heavier than Fortuna, Fortuna also accepted the fight in short notice. He might get tonight's knockout of the night prize bonus.

Ovince St. Preux versus Volkan Oezdemir was an interesting scrap. Both gave it their all. They need massive improvements on their cardio though.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Duterte Supporters Are Angry At Robredo For Wanting To Help Eradicate Polio

The photo below is being shared and circulated by Facebook pages that are ran and managed by Duterte supporters. It's a billboard featuring Vice-President Leni Robredo who is supporting a campaign by the Rotary International to eradicate polio from the face of the planet. The anti-polio campaign is called End Polio Now and you can check out its website here.

For those not in the know, the Rotary International is an "international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference." [Source: Wikipedia] This is a non-profit organization trying to create a better world, a world free from the debilitating effects of polio.

In short, Robredo is lending her influence as one of the top leaders in the country to help drum up awareness for the anti-polio campaign. Unfortunately, many Duterte supporters are so misguided and ignorant to the point that they lambast her for doing something noble. She's supporting a cause that will help in achieving a polio-free world. Imagine the number of people who are now aware of the campaign because the second most powerful person in the country has lent her face and her clout to the cause. It's saddening to see Duterte supporters calling her "epal" and "makapal ang mukha" for allowing her face to be used in a billboard that simply wants to create awareness about a nasty disease.
Credit to the owner of the photo.
She's doing a good thing for a good cause but Duterte supporters are demonizing her for it. Just check out some of their outbursts below:

Here's Thinking Minds, a Facebook page that has nearly 200,000 followers.

And here's VOVph, another Facebook page ran by a Duterte supporter.

And here are some of the comments left by Duterte supporters:

1. "HAHAHA! Winner to si Lugaw. Same strategy ni Roxas...laging EPAL lng. Tarsier eyes..horsey smile..boom!"
2. "Umepal. hahaha.. DOH naman ngayon ang gusto gampanan....Ganyan talaga pag hindi nya alam ang papel nya sa buhay at basta na lang sya sumusunod sa mga bossing nyang dilawan."
3. " I think it's much better if they remove the billboard. For safety issues and iwas epal na mga pulitiko. If they want to campaign them selves do it online everyone have a gadgets nowadays."
4. "Poster girl ng polio kahit wala siya kinalaman sa programa. Sunod poster girl ng TB. Next poster girl ng cancer. Tapos magiging poster girl ng STD, aba sobra naman ata."
5. " Nakakahiya ka Leni Pera naman ng bayan yang billboard na yan fustu mu lang makita ang muka mu ng poblico nakakasawa na tingnan Ang ngiti mu akala mu gwapa ka?"

But you know what's ironic? PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa also lent his face and his support for the anti-polio campaign. But where's the outrage from the Duterte supporters who are criticizing Robredo for doing the same exact thing.
Photo by the Rotary Club of Naga

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Antonio Contreras Claims That Rappler Has Lost 7 Million Followers Since July 2016

Antonio P. Contreras, a university professor and one of President Rodrigo Duterte's most avid defenders, claims that Rappler has lost seven (7) million followers since July 2016. Contreras made the claim today in a Facebook post. When asked by someone in the comments section of his post where he got his data, Contreras answered: "A little mynah bird told me. Haha." It's a valid question. Losing seven million followers would be a game-changer for the news site. So I'd like to throw the question yet again to Contreras: "How did you know? Who's your source?"

The figure that Contreras is throwing around is, for lack of a better word, absurd. If by "followers", Contreras meant the number of "likes" that Rappler has, his 7 million figure simply doesn't have any solid foundation. Rappler now has three (3) million followers on Facebook. If we add back the 7 million that it lost, that would mean Rappler had 10 million followers in June of 2016. That's simply not true. Rappler never even reached 5 million Facebook followers.

Now, if Contreras is referring to all of Rappler's followers from both Facebook and Twitter, his 7 million figure still remains absurd. As of today, Rappler has 2.3 million followers on Twitter. Again, Rappler never breached the 3-million mark on Twitter.

In conclusion, either Contreras is straight-up lying or his source is someone who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. Another saddening fact is that Contreras has nearly 100,000 followers on Facebook, a lot of whom are treating his claim as truth without doing their own fact-checking. To me, that is very dangerous.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Martin Andanar: "Cambodians Probably Saw In Duterte A Reincarnation of King Norodom Sihanouk"

Martin Andanar, the indomitable Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office of the Philippines, went to Cambodia early this year with President Rodrigo Duterte and entourage for a state visit. He must have seen some really nice things there because in his most recent article for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, he made the following statement: "The Cambodians probably saw in the Filipino President a reincarnation of their former king Norodom Sihanouk, father of the present king."

I don't think Andanar knows what reincarnation means. Let's Google what reincarnation means. What the indomitable secretary wanted to say was Duterte probably reminded Cambodians of their former King Norodom Sihanouk. Because according to Andanar, Duterte is a "raconteur of major proportions" just like the late King. A raconteur is a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way. Well, there you go. Telling rape jokes and cursing world leaders and organizations are skillful and amusing. According to Andanar, at least.

In the same column, Andanar belittled former President Aquino's involvement at the ASEAN summit several years ago which was hosted by Cambodia. In said summit, Aquino questioned the host country's refusal to include wording about the South China Sea dispute in the final communique. In other words, Aquino was doing his job in trying to protect the interests of Filipinos in a major gathering of Asian nations. Andanar begs to disagree because he describes the incident as the "lowest point in our bilateral relationship." Not content with that cheap shot, he added that it was a "pitiful episode".

In short, Aquino had the balls to go to Cambodia (one of the biggest allies of China) and try to stir conversation about the controversy in the South China Sea. But Andanar doesn't like that. He prefers Duterte's tactic of bringing along Manny Pacquiao during the trip to Cambodia because the Cambodian King is a fan of the man (as a boxer, of course). Oh man, Aquino must be wallowing in regret right now. He should've brought along Manny Pacquiao when he attended the ASEAN summit in 2012 instead of boldly asserting Philippines's rights over the South China Sea.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer Review

Learning how to play golf seems easy but it's a completely different story once you get your hands on a golf club. Even the best professional players in the sport had to stumble when they first started playing golf. With that said, if you really want to improve your game, you are going to need all the help you can get. This brings us to a smartphone app developed by Zepp Labs which enables golf players to track, analyze, and improve their swings.

The app which comes with a rechargeable sensor is called the Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer. Professional golfers like Brendan Steele and Michelle Wie have used the app and they have very positive things to say about it. This means the app and sensor are really effective in helping people get better in playing the sport.

Who Will Benefit From The Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer?
It doesn't matter if you are an amateur or a professional golfer, this product will be very valuable for you. The swing analyzer is packed with features, tools, and resources that are specifically designed to assist you in practicing and perfecting your swings. From the moment Zepp came up with the idea to the moment they launched the product, they regularly consulted with a lot of well-known players to make sure that the app is as accurate as possible. The app is very easy to use. Just attach the sensor to your glove and start swinging. You can then access the app and see the in-depth analysis with regards to your club speed, swing plane, tempo, back swing position and hip rotation. Reading the analysis will help you determine what you are doing wrong and how you can correct it.

Features Of The Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer
There are two ways on how you can avail of the swing analyzer. First of all, you need to download the app. It's free so you have nothing to worry about. Secondly, you have to purchase the sensor if you want to gain access to all the features of the app. There are so many things you can do with the app aside from analyzing your club swings. You can watch videos of professional players. You can compare your swings to the swings of other players. You can also record your swings on video so that you can watch them later.

Detailed Reports About Your Club Swings
The great thing about Zepp's swing analyzer is that it's very meticulous in collecting data about your swings. If you take at least 30 swings within a week, the app will analyze 90,000 data points and deliver to you a comprehensive report about your performance and how you can improve it. You will learn exactly what aspects of your swing you should focus on. You will also be provided with several tips and practical drills to make your swings smoother and more effective. In short, you are going to learn more in a week than what you would've learned from spending hours in the golfing range. The Zepp app is all about efficiency and accuracy.

Compare Your Swings Against The Pros
This one of the best features of the Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer. The app has an in-built collection of videos in 3D and HD featuring recorded swings by professional players. You can watch these videos frame by frame to understand what makes them so effective. You can then record your own swings and compare them to those of the pros. This is a good way to find out which aspects of your game need to be improved.

Our Final Verdict
The Zepp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer is without a doubt one of the best technological tools out there that can help you improve as a golf player. The fact that well-known players in the sport use the app is proof that it's really effective. It's easy to use and you will be provided with reliable data in real time. All the information you need to improve your swing will be provided to you in detailed reports. You can also save these reports so that you can track if you are improving or not. In conclusion, it's highly recommended that you get the app and the sensor if you are serious about perfecting your golf swings.