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April 2, 2001

I officially began my summer vacation today. I arrived at my parents' place at around 10 A.M. Tomorrow I go to Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, Laguna to see their computer networking facilities. There have been rumours that our guys there are planning something big for their LAN and Internet connections.

My father and I bought a new monitor for the computer today. The old monitor is showing only a small percentage of its screen. It has been like that for two years now, but it has gotten worse. The new monitor, chosen because it was cheap, is working quite well on an 800X600 at 16-bit resolution.

April 3-6, 2001

Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, Laguna is located in what is now known as Southwoods. My father brought me there early in the morning of April 3. I was able to meet the friars assigned there for the first time. I was able to see the new college building and see how the guys in their MIS office are working. One of these guys is Allan, a former student in our Guadalupe Monastery in Makati when I was still Master of Students there.

I had a nice time exploring some of the places near the school. I also had a chance to join in some of the activities of the parish that is joined to the school.

I may be back at the Colegio next month, or if not in the near future. The Fr. President invited me to give a seminar workshop for the faculty on Augustinian Values.

April 7, 2001

Back home. Luzon is in total blackout when I arrived. The blackout started at around 4 am; the lights came on at 9:30 am only to go off after awhile. It was around lunch time when the lights returned. That was a good thing because by the time the electricity was turned back on I was finishing my draft for a much delayed article on the Book of Ruth.

Today is also the wedding anniversary of Ronald and Arlene. Ronald is my younger brother. We got a visit from them in the evening. I also was able to meet their children again: Alex and Miggy.

April 8, 2001

I uploaded my article on the Book of Ruth. It is now accessible through Suite101.Com's Catholic Scripture Studies. The article is part of a series on Biblical prose. I have also sent notice to a few select friends to test it out.

April 9, 2001

Downloaded CoffeeCup HTML Editor 8.8. I hope that I would be able to make use of it for good. I started writing the Agonia Quotidiana with CoffeeCup. It is not just the same when one uses another Editor for it.

I also tried doing a few things with Adobe Photoshop 6.0. It has better functionality now with regards to the creation of transparent GIFs and textured Graphical Texts.

April 10, 2001

Vacation is almost over, and I realize I have to catch up on a lot of things yet, like reading. I have begun rereading the Book of Tobit for an article I will submit to Suite101.Com. I have filled up about five pages of a Cattleya Note with a rough draft of the article. I hope to type the draft by tomorrow and perhaps submit it for publication on May 1, 2001.

April 11, 2001

My adventures with Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 continues. I am still having problems with trasparent GIFs. The image above, for example is a snapshot of the CoffeeCup Editor Logo that I have retouched so that it would show a black-haired friar working on a computer in a coffee cup. I had to use PhotoShop's magic want to clear the extra layers that I created while retouching the image. Then I had to optimize the image twice or three times before putting it on display. The final result is still rough, but hey, I am not a professional either. I do hope however that the CoffeeCup guys don't take offense at what I did with their logo.

If anyone should think that doing what I did is illegal, send me an email telling me to take off the image, and I will promptly do so. Email me at this address: