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another update on pluto

the hoopla on Pluto’s status (is it? or isn’t it?) continues.

the latest update [http://www.blog.newsweek.com/blogs/labnotes/archive/2008/06/12/pluto-finally-gets-some-respect-sort-of.aspx] on the formerly-the-farthest-planet-from-the-sun has given Pluto something of a boost — or something to that effect — after being downgraded by the International Astronomical Union to a mere ‘planetoid’.

sol system with planets

according to the IAU, Pluto and other similar-sized celestial objects, particularly those found in the Kuiper Belt, will henceforth be known as “plutoids”.

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hmm… i don’t think this move is likely to settle uproar anytime soon. poor Pluto. what next?

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this takes me back to my grade school days when we used to recite the names of all 9 planets. the first 3 planets that i found easy to memorize — aside from Earth — were Mercury (first), Jupiter (largest), and Pluto (last).

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morass

it’s tough when you realize you’re slowly sinking into the morass of your own disappointments.

i’m not normally the type to wallow in my misery; dwelling excessively on your problems can only make things worse but as christmas rolls in, things only seem to grow bleak. maybe it’s because i usually tend to get depressed whenever christmas comes around. i don’t know. i only know that it gets tougher these days to keep going, to believe that one of these days — soon, anyway — things will turn around.

i’ve been around the block long enough to know that sometimes these ‘down’ moments are bound to happen, but somehow when you’ve been creeping around in the dark too long you begin to wonder it it’s ever gonna end. *sigh*

here’s hoping the sun will come out soon. really, it’s hard work just to convince yourself that things aren’t as bad as they seem…

anyway, here’s an uplifting story that might perk up those who are also down in the dumps.

running out of steam?

these past few days i’d been wracking my fuzzy brain for something interesting to add to this pitiful blog — and unsurprisingly came up empty-handed. (it has been an unusually dry spell lately.)

nothing much to get hung about, except that lately i have come to this uncomfortable conclusion that i have become such a dead bore that i can’t even bear to hear or share my own thoughts (*eyes rolling*). bottomline — i have run out of interesting things to say.

well of course this doesn’t mean that things are at an all-time low. on the contrary, there has been a slew of good news lately that ought to brighten anyone’s day: manny pacquio‘s victory over barrera and the fact that the country’s economy is definitely on the upswing. and i now have all the time in the world to catch up on all the anime DVDs i’d been meaning to watch.

i guess it’s just me. *sigh*

celebrity scope

heather-kick.jpgi just couldn’t resist inserting this in picture in my post today. i had been steadfastly resisting the urge to feature heather mills in my past posts, but when i saw this picture i just gave way *grins* — i guess you could say this is one of those crazy snapshots that many paparazzi would kill and willingly martyr themselves for (aarrh that sounds weird)…

according to some reports, sir paul mccartney’s ex was annoyed at this mediaman’s stalking activities that her patience finally cracked. ms. mills reportedly began screaming and — for her pièce de résistance — and gave him the, er boot (along with her prosthetic leg). and while all this was happening, she was recording the episode with her camera. (*snorts and eyes roll*) ay-ayyy-ayy.

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anna.jpganyhow, the furor over anna nicole smith refuses to die down, and judging from the way the vultures are circling over the spoils, i expect the whole mess to go on for a year or so. talk about leading a star-crossed life! in death and life, nicole smith was a comet blazing in our path, hurtling to her etch place in the public psyche. the latest twist in this overwrought melodrama is that in her last will she supposedly left everything to her dead son, daniel.

also, there’s this vodka-swilling aussie who (*chortles*) reportedly wrestled with a shark off Louth Bay! (now that’s what i call a ‘ballsy’ attitude). philip kerkopf, 41, admitted he was drunk when he snuck behind this 4-foot-long bronze whaler shark and caught it with his bare hands. after an energetic tussle, the shark hook himself free and managed to bite off a good chunk of kerkopf’s jeans and left the inebriated aussie with a nasty scratch as well.

Westminster: James is Best in Show

james1.jpgAn english springer spaniel named Diamond Jim (Ch Felicity’s Diamond James) triumphed as Best in Show at the Westminster dog show in New York’s Madison Square Garden a few hours ago. the sprightly 6-year-old therapy dog, who has won 50 best in show ribbons in past events, is the 6th of his breed to win this title and is set to retire after this competition.

Judge Robert Indiglia, a cardiac surgeon, picked James over bill cosby’s dandie dinmont, 2 white poodles, a petit basset griffon vendeen, an Akita and a Bouviers des Flandres.

Westminster dog show

bill cosby’s 6-year-old dog, a dandy dinmont terrier (Harry), was selected as top dog in the terrier group in the ongoing 131st Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. The clownish terrier, whose official name is a mouthful (Hobergays Fineus Fogg), won 57 events in 2006 and was reportedly named after Prince Harry of UK.

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other winners include a poodle from Japan (Ch Smash Jp Win A Victory; toy breed), a standard poodle (Ch Brighton Minimoto; nonsporting category) and an Akita (Ch Redwitch Reason To Believe; working group). this year, a total of 2,628 tail-wagging canines joined America’s foremost dog show.

Winners for the Sporting, Hound and Herding groups will be announced later today (Feb. 13th).

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meanwhile, here are a few cute snaps taken before and during the show as a ‘barometer’ of just how much this show means to humans and canines alike…

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notes on The Departed

departed.jpgi am eagerly awaiting the release of the official DVD (2 discs) release of the The Departed, which is scheduled for Feb. 13. it’s supposed to contain a few more scenes that were excised from the theatrical version.

one of those pared gems was jack nicholson‘s grisly one-liner “wake up and smell the coffin.” 

technically, i’m more excited about the special features section, particularly the interview of some of its stars and its director. maybe they could give us some hint about the upcoming sequel of this highly successful film. according to some press snippets, it will center on Sgt. Dignam (mark wahlberg), who’s practically the only character of note to survive the shattering bloodbath at the movie’s end. if things go as planned, the sequel could also include robert de niro, another scorcese film stalwart, among its cast. and there’s even some talk about a prequel. hmmm…

i used to think that mark wahlberg’s inclusion among the Best Supporting Actor nominees was a long-shot deal, but after hearing about his mark1.jpgnomination and based on what’s coming out of hollywood papers these days, i am beginning to think that he might even nab the award, after all. *roars in approval with matching backflips*

 well. let’s hope things work out well for the guy.