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The Five By Five Podcast Episode 1
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Two geeks. No waiting.

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This is happening! Like, on Thursday, December 26, at 7.30 to 8pm (ish), Manila Time (GMT +8). Watch this space for the link to the live broadcast of the premiere episode of the Five By Five Podcast.

It’s hosted by me and my friend Mina, and we’ll talk about pop culture, tech and writing — basically geek stuff. Oh, and we’d have guests too. I used to have a podcast, under a pseudonym. My friends, including Mina, would come over to guest on the show and we’d talk about whatever tv shows or movies we’ve been watching. I had no idea if anyone actually listened to it, but we had a lot of fun. I gave it up when I no longer had time to maintain it, and I didn’t bother to keep the files online, so I’m guessing they’re lost forever (I may have copies somewhere among my piles of backup CDs but it’s so hard to go through them all).

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6 English Words Almost Always Mispronounced by Pinoys

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So people do this thing where they make fun of others who speak English in heavy Filipino accents. They hear “bejtebol” and start howling in laughter. Which is mean, I think. And also kinda silly. English is not our first language, no matter how hard you’ve convinced yourself that three months training for a call center agent job means you’re a native English speaker. And of course we have an accent. Everyone does, except maybe the British. But then they have the Cockney non-accent, the Yorkshire non-accent, the Manchester non-accent. You get get what I mean.

Furthermore, why make fun of people who say “Der are plenty op pish in da sea” when you’re probably pronouncing a bunch of common English words wrong anyway:

  1. Organization/Documentary/Hippopotamus/etc. That’s ORganization, docuMENtary and hippoPOtamus. We say orGANIzation, documenTARY, and hippopoTAmus. I think that when we encounter words longer than four syllables, we just put the accent wherever it feels natural.
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The Year in YouTube: A video review!

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YouTube has a video reviewing the year in viral videos. It didn’t blow my mind — but I think it’s because I don’t really pay attention to viral videos, so I couldn’t get most of the references. But Felicia Day in shorts cleaning her car and lip-synching, and then dancing Gangnam Style was enough awesomeness.