Quijano: Tweet me-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
TO SAY that my life has never been the same ever since I acquired an iPhone5 would be a gross understatement.
Yes, I am one of those swept under the tsunami of technological gadgetry and I have risen to the challenge, or at the very least, delude myself into thinking that I have.
It has its benefits, of course. Too myriad in fact, that I’m wondering if I need all that information.
For one, I don’t have a Facebook account, but my wife does and the application is on my iPhone.
Initially, the notifications were on and so every single time one of her/our friends posts something, I would know.
Some of these were funny and I would snicker every time my batchmate Dr. Gerry Ypil would post one of those sardonic one-liners of
Or when my bro Ramsey tags me with another picture of our favorite frothy beverage which always puts a smile on my face no matter what I’m doing.
For some time, things were pretty benign too, like when friends would post pictures of interesting places they’ve been to. Some of these were breathtakingly nice and it’s great to imagine vicariously what it would have been like to be there with them.
But then things just turned south.
I would get bizarre pictures of so and so soiling the view of some pristine beach by posing half-naked wearing nothing but an appalling orange polka dot something, extruding the proverbial half pound of flesh.
Really!? Did I really need to see that?
And then came what they call the “selfie” and things just turned from bad to worse.
For the uninitiated, the selfie is defined by Wikipedia as “a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.
Wikipedia goes on to state that “many selfies are intended to present a flattering image of the person, especially to friend whom the photographer expects to be supportive”
Not me. No support here.
Not when all I can see is your face and nothing but. I already know how it looks like , and if it’s supposed to be a flattering image, I’m not getting it.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you behold yourself to be so beautiful you just had the compelling urge to be generous with the rest of humanity and share your splendor, well, that’s just plain narcissism.
Sorry gorgeous, I’m turning off the notifications.
TWIT. Which brings me to Twitter. If you have noticed, this column now has a twitter account, @thelastround.
Twitter has utility value to my work as a boxing/MMA columnist. I follow the top fighters and I am instantly notified once any of them tweets something.
For instance, as I am writing this column, I am notified that Sun.Star’s savvy sportswriter Edri Aznar has tweeted Lemuel Maglinte’s MMA fight at the Cebu Coliseum at Ground and Pound 7 at the Cebu Coliseum.
I noticed also that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has tweeted a YouTube link to the video “Floyd Money Mayweather is the Half a Billion Dollar Man.”
I also follow an MMA fighter named War Machine who also happens to be an adult film star. Follow him and you’ll find him hilarious. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The other day, Brandon Rios tweeted a video of him scaring the wits out of his mom with his hellacious driving.
At least I know that he’s in good spirits. And that he’s trying to kill himself before the Pacquiao fight.
Stuff like that.
So let’s follow each other on Twitter. I’ll try to tweet about our favorite fight sport as much as I can.
You can tweet your feedback on any of our columns. Anything goes, just don’t talk smack. And please no “selfies.”
VERBATIM. “How do you chop down a tree? You do it by chipping away, and chipping away, and chipping away, from the bottom, boom, boom, boom. The difference is that Canelo can also surprise him with one punch”--Oscar dela Hoya on how Canelo Alvarez can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (ringtv.craveonline.com)
LAST ROUND. It’s on Jomari Gorne who celebrates his birthday this week. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 01, 2013.