Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My Life: The 10-Year Cycle

There was one morning that my dad opened up such an unusual observation in our life. He stated that my dad went to Tagum City around 1977. Then after 2 months since I was born in the said city, we transfered to Davao City, and that was in the year 1987. When I was 10, my family moved to Cagayan de Oro due to some reasons. And last year 2007, in one September morning (if I'm not mistaken), my dad opened up such an unusual observation in our life (as I've stated above), and thought of where are we going, as if thinking of where will destiny bring us. Then I recalled of my personal calling I've received from the Holy Father four years ago. To make things short, I made a decision to serve Him fulltime in the year 2007. Together with my younger brother, we applied to be God's fulltime servant son in our church after our 9th Internatinal Youth Congress 2008.

And so here I am today, studing and living in a very peaceful compund where heaven has been literally brought down from heaven. Hallelujah!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What I've Done: The Original Transcription

The Los Angeles-based rock band released the carrier single, "What I've Done", from their third album, "Minutes to Midnight". It was on April 3, 2007 here in the Philippines when it happened. And a few hours from its release, I tried to transcribe the musical intsruments, especially the piano and guitars. Luckily, I've made it, as shown on my official ultimate-guitar.com contribution.

But the problem is that, I certainly don't know that I can make money out of the transcriptions that I have contributed through my very own blog. In fact, some of them are one of the top results in search engines(e.g. Google, Yahoo), (I don't know in some other countries and territories), just like those serach tags enumerated below:

* believe me chords
* remember the name chords
* what i've done chords

You can easily identify them as mine for some reasons:

1. It is from ultimate-guitar.com
2. My name "Rudolf Abunda" is included in the submitted transcription.

And what makes it worse is that, some people have literally plagiarized it, as in they do the copy-paste stuff. Sometimes, they even delete my name, which is always included in my transcriptions.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

My Name: The Weird Equation

There was one Saturday that I had a chat with my friend, and we talked about scuh name stuff, like definitions of certain names, etymoligies, etc. It came to a point wherein we talked about my name. My name goes like this:

(First Name)
Rudolf - German
Valentino - Italian

(Middle Name)
Valderrama - Spanish

(Last Name)
Abunda - Spanish

Therefore, they are all European in terms of their origin. But my friend had a funny twist regarding this. 'Cuz she equated my name like this:

1 German + 1 Italian + 2 Spanish = 1 Filipino

Then I said to myself, "Well, she's got a very witty idea out of my name." 'Cuz even though my full name is definitely European in nature, I'm a natural-born Filipino.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Major Minority: The Blog Name

I used to wish of having a blog, and one of my problem is the name of my blog itself. I thought of a concept for the name that will suit my personality. There were lots of them, until I came up with the name 'Major Minority'. Simply because most of what I'm posting in my blog is not a major feature in the media, thus making it a part of the 'Minority'. And those ones are some kind of such stuff having a very big, or 'Major' importance, thus combining those two words into one phrase: 'Major Minority'. Or the other aspects, because there are such 'major' topics featured in the media, but the 'minority' side of a certain topic is what I'm writing. Plus, the other side of the concept is the contrast between those two words, like 'vertical horizon', 'fort minor', etc. And as you observe, the adjective comes first, then followed by the noun.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Singaporean Grand Prix: The Frist Ever F1 Night Race

For the first time ever, Singapore will have its very own Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Plus, it's not just gonna be an ordinary race, but a night race. Yup, the very fist night race ever in the history of Formula One Championship history. According to the official Formula One website, the said night race schedule is designed for the Eurpoean audience. Let's check it out what's in store for all Forumla One fans.

Boston Celtics: The Strongest Team, Now Getting Stronger

This year, the Boston Celtis is the strongest team so far, due to the fact that there are now two more All-Star players added in this team, and they are the 11-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett from Minnesota Timberwolves, and the 3-point specialist Ray Allen from the Seatlle Supersonics, alongside Paul Pierce in his another year with the Celtics, and some other players who were added to this team, which added depth and versatility to the said team.

But what will make the Celtics stronger this year is that, the 1-time All-Star Sam Cassell is added to this team from the Los Angeles Clippers. In fact, he just officially signed to the Boston Celtics on March 4, 2008, thus making this team having 4 All-Star players in one team.

They are now getting stronger than ever before. And now the questions are:

1. Will they have the right chemistry after Cassell is added?
2. Will they make it as the 2008 NBA Champions?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Linkin Park's Trademark No. 2

G sharp minor
Just like C sharp minor(C#m) and D sharp minor(D#m), this minor key is also commonly used by the said rock band. And here are those songs:

(Hybrid Theory)
By Myself

Inside the 'Meteora' album, there is no track played on this key.

(Minutes to Midnight)
Shadow of the Day

E minor

In 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora', majority of their compositions are played on minor keys with sharp in its name(e.g. G#m, C#m, D#m). And E minor(Em) is one of the minor keys used by LP with no sharp in the key name itself. Below is a list of such tracks:

(Hybrid Theory)
With You

Breaking The Habit

Unlike their fisrt studio albums, more than half of 'Minutes to Midnight' songs are played on keys with no sharp in their respective key names. And one of these is E minor.

(Minutes to Midnight)
Given Up