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It’s an interesting week on American Idol. When I hear the Rat Pack I immediately think of Frank Sinatra hehehe!

Anyhoo, with the kind of songs that they’ve chosen all of them were dressed with class.

Here’s the Top 5 song choices.
top 5

First off was Kris Allen with The way you look tonight. A very classy song and he pulled it off really well. Uh oh! I’m beginning to sound like a fan!

Next was Allison Iraheta and she sang Someone to watch over me. It’s her birthday by the way, she’s 17?! Anyhoo, I love the song so much that I gotta say that Allison gave the song the justice it deserves.

Then Matt Giraud, he sang My Funny Valentine. Ting! Barbra Streisand popped into my mind. He did very well and I must say this is another song that I like afted he sang Let’s get it on and So small.

After that was Danny Gokey with Come Rain or Come Shine. I’m not that familiar with the song but the way he sang it was very soulful and had that connection with the song. Now I’m beginning to sound like Kara hahaha!

Last to perform was Adam Lambert with Feeling Good. Another brilliant performance by Adam. But Randy said that It was too broadway. Come on, get over with the broadway background thingy!

Go Adam!

My Bottom 2 prediction would be….Allison and Matt
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Someone has to go.

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What is Swine Flu?
Swine Flu refers to the influenza that causes acute respiratory disease in the pig population.

But the virus that caused more than hundred of people to die in Mexico is the Swine Flu H1N1 strain. This is the combination of strains from pigs, birds and human.

Let me explain further, from the news correspondent that I usually watch every night, H1N1 strain is a sub-specie of the Influenza A virus. Which is the mutated form of the strains found in endemic pig strains, mild human flu strains and various strains from birds. H1N1 stands for H=hemagglutinin and N=neuraminidase proteins. I’ve found more about the strain here. WikiPedia

This is now an epidemic and the flu began to spread in different parts of the world. There are swine flu cases in the US, Canada, Spain and other parts of Europe. And almost all this people have a history of travelling to Mexico.

The World Health Organization have raised a pandemic alert as Mexico deaths climb up. Because of this the Mexican government have suspended classes especially in Mexico City. Last night news showed footages of the city and now it seemed like a ghost town because people were advised to stay indoors and avoid human contact as much as possible.

Here in the Philippines, the Department of Health and the NAIA Quarantine Department have taken measures to ensure that the virus won’t be able to enter the country. They set up a thermal scanner and foot baths in the arrival area of NAIA to monitor the temperature of the people coming in. The temperature is set to 36.5C, the first sign of a slight fever. If a person is detected to have this, he would be checked up to verify his temperature and see if he’s been to the countries infected with the flu. If he is positive of both conditions, he would be taken to the hospital until he gets better.

People got infected with Swine Flu from pigs. But as the flu spreads, it showed that it can be transferred by human to human interaction.

The common symptoms of the Swine Flu are high fever above 38C, aching joints, cough, nasal congestion and fatigue. If this happens to you, consult a physician immediately.

With this, we are advised not to panic but be extra careful.

Here are the things that you could do to prevent from getting infected.
– Always wash your hands
– Wear a mask
– Cover your mouth or nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing
– Do not greet someone with a kiss or handshake, prevent beso-beso with people
– Disinfect homes and offices and shared equipments such as telephones
– Do not share foods and cutleries

For more information on the outbreak, refer to your local news and stand by for alerts on the strain.

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Last month I’ve finished an anime entitled Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Season 1) and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (Season 2) in as short as 2 weeks, mostly during the holy week.

I was intrigued by the plot of the anime. It’s been long since the local tv channels here aired some decent anime shows that appealed to me.
According to Wiki, the first season aired in Japan from October 2006 upto July 2007 and the second season ran from April 2008 to September 2008, just last year. I think the episode’s currently running on Cartoon Network Adult Swim in the US. While here in the Philippines, I don’t know if they’ve aired it on Animax. Sorry, our cable doesn’t have any Animax or Hero channel, it’s exclusive to other cable providers.

Anyhoo, each season has a total of 25 episodes each with a moderate to fast paced story runs. To make this easier for me, I’d tell more about the anime by parts.

First off…

The Power of Geass
code geass
It is an absolute power which is sometimes associated with the Power of the Gods. In the anime it is associated with power to command, influence emotion, perception and memory. It is represented by a red bird-shaped symbol when active. At first, it appears only in one eye and with continued use it increases power until it spreads in both eyes and becomes uncontrollable.
The geass also serves as the binding contract between the immortal and the human. The moment the geass reach its full power, the person can receive the immortal’s “Code” which leaves a mark on his body and grants him power. The “Code” makes the immortal immune to geass and make his own contracts but it doesn’t allow him to die. While the previous owner of the “Code” dies in the process of transfering the “Code”.

The Plot and Setting

The series is set in an alternate universe where there are three Empires that ruled the world. The Holy Britannian Empire, The Chinese Federation and The Euro Universe.
It was the year 2010 a.t.b. (i don’t know what a.t.b. stands for) after Japan was conquered by the Holy Britannian Empire and renamed as Area 11. In this era, Japan is the top producer of the high energy mineral called sakuradite.

In this new area gained by the empire lived the exiled prince named Lelouch Lamperouge who gave up his claim to the throne and swore to destroy his father, the Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire. In the process, he meets a young lady named C.C. and acquired the power of Geass of Absolute Obedience. He then became the leader of the rebellion and hid behind a mask and called himself Zero. He got three things to accomplish: revenge for his mother’s death, to build a world where his sister Nunally can live and to fulfill the contract that goes with the geass.

The Characters
Here are the characters that you would see from start to finish of the series. And the story mainly evolves around them.

lelouch
Lelouch Lamperouge / Lelouch Vi Britannia
The 17th heir to the Britannian throne. He was exiled to Area 11 after his mother’s assasination, Lady Marianne. He acquired the power of geass in an encounter between the military and Japanese rebels where he met C.C. After knowing of such power he used this control the military and lead the rebellion.

suzaku
Suzaku Kururugi
The son of the late Prime Minister of Japan, Genbu Kururugi, and the chilhood friend of Lelouch. He became part of the Britannian Army and the Pilot of the Knightmare Frame Lancelot. He then gains the trust of the 3rd Britannian Princess Euphemia. He hides a secret that Lelouch would know eventually.

C.C.
C.C
An immortal green-haired girl that gave the power of geass to Lelouch in exchange of a contract, which isn’t revealed until the second season. She occasionally helps Lelouch with his plans to ensure he doesn’t die.

nunally
Nunally Lamperouge / Nunally Li Britannia
Lelouch sister and heir to the Britannian Throne. She became wheelchair-bound and blind from witnessing their mother’s assasination.

kallen
Kallen Stadtfeld / Kallen Kouzuki
A half Japanese and half Britannian rebel. She acts as a weak and frail student at the Ashford Academy but is actually one of the effecient rebels. She then becomes the head of Zero’s Protection Batallion and pilots the Guren.

The Knightmare Frames

Knightmare Frames are humanoid war machines that replaced battle tanks. The knightmares are similar to the Gundams in terms of the look but they are very different in design and specifications. In the series, knightmares were introduced by the Britannian Empire and the Japanese and Chinese Federation debut their own in the middle of the series.

A couple type of knightmares are the Lancelot, which Suzaku pilots, is made by Count Lloyd, a Britannian, and it is powered by the energy mineral sakuradite.
While the Guren, which Kallen pilots, is made by Rakshata an Indian Engineer who took the side of the rebels and she’s a woman. The Guren is powered by radiation surge.

As the story progress, the knightmares evolve into different generations, upto the 8th and 9th generation. The Lancelot evolved to Lancelot Albion and the Guren to Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Both knightmares
became float systems that enabled them to fly.

Here is the list of the popular knightmares they used in the series.

Britannian Knightmares

gloucester
Gloucester
Weapon: Lance
Pilot: Viceroy Cornelia, Guilford, Darlton

sutherland
Sutherland
Weapon: Drill, Chaos Grenade

lancelot-albion
Lancelot Albion
Weapon: Dual Sword, VARIS(Variable Ammunition Repulsion Impact Spitfire), Float System
Pilot: Suzaku Kururugi

mordred
Mordred
Weapon: Quad Hadron Canons, Automatic Multi Barrel
Pilot: Anya Alstreim

Japanese Knightmares

burai
Burai
Weapon: Slash Harken, Rifle

buraikai
Buraikai
Weapon: Light Saber

gekka
Gekka
Weapon: Light Saber
Pilot: Kyoshiro Tohdoh, Four Holy Swords

guren-seiten
Guren S.E.I.T.E.N.
Weapon: Nuclear Pulse Emiiter, Electrode Probe
Pilot: Kallen Kouzuki

gawain
Gawain
Weapon: Hadron Cannon
Pilot: C.C. and Zero (weaponry)

Chinese Federation Knightmares

shen-hu
Shen Hu
Weapon: Electric Slash Harken, Chest-mounted particle canon
Pilot: Xing Ke

The Ending

Since the second season had ended last year, I could tell the ending.
But no, it’s so much better to watch the series for yourselves and enjoy it. Learn the hidden secrets of each characters and the twists of the story.

Here’s a clue, Lelouch did gave Nunally the world where she could live in. And C.C.’s journey continues.

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Hello Twilighters!
Summit Entertainment had announced the cast for the Twilight second installment, New Moon.
This could be a bit late but I’d post it anyway.

Our favorite villains, The Volturi Coven.
Aro with the power to read minds via physical contact would be played by Michael Sheen.
Marcus with the power to identify personal relationships would be played by Christopher Heyerdahl.
Caius with no special powers landed to Jamie Campbell Bower.

Aro, Marcus and Caius

Aro, Marcus and Caius


Looks promising!

The Volturi Army
Jane with a very special power of Psychic Sadism would be portrayed by none other than Dakota Fanning.
Alec her brother with the power of sensory deprivation is played by Cameron Bright.
Demetri the tracker would be played by Chelsey Bewley.
Felix would be portrayed by Daniel Cudmore.
And Heidi with the power to create false desire would be played by Noot Sear.

Jane and Alec

Jane and Alec

The Quilete Tribe
Lead by Harry Clearwater to be portrayed by Graham Greene.
Emily would be played by Tinsel Korey.

The Wolf Pack
Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman.

By the way, all of the members of the wolf pack have Native American descents. How cool is that. Exactly the actors they want and suited for the characters.

I wonder who would be Sam Uley. 🙂

The movie is due on November this year! And is directed by Chris Weitz.
After this, they would start filming Eclipse that is “tentatively” due by June 2010.

new moon

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Omigosh! I love the group “dance” performance of the top 7. I think this is the first time that they did it in Idol. Of course, Paula Abdul choreographed their moves.
Nice one Paula!

Here are some stills from their dance.
top7dance
top7

And here’s the video, some of them can really dance!

Group Performance

This is the most that I could do with the video. I couldn’t upload it straight here because it’s from photobucket.

Anyhoo, just click it and enjoy!

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What a night!

Lil Rounds elimination wasn’t a surprise at all. I know all along that she’ll get eliminated this week. Based on her performances in the past, her level’s been decreasing. It’s not just the song choices but It seemed like her voice got tired just like what happened to Ramiel Malubay of last season. Lil Rounds keeps on giving weak performances weak after weak. And it shows in her voice.

For Anoop Desai…oh dear. I’ve predicted last night based entirely on his performance that he’s going home. It’s kind of hard to see a favorite contestant go but he just wasn’t able to nail it. I mean Anoop can definitely sing but he’s not made to sing upbeat tempo. That’s because his voice was made to sing slow, soulful, ballad songs.

Remember when he sang My Prerogative and Beat it? He doesn’t fit in those genres. But when he sang You were always on my mind, that’s when he got his potential as a very good singer..balladeer in that case.

Oh well, I guess the Dogg’s luck had ended. Goodluck to both of you, Lil and Anoop!

anoop desai

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It’s disco for the hopefuls this week. And it’s kind of new that before each performance they don’t have any videos with the mentor. They didn’t even mentioned who’s the mentor, is there? Could it be Paula? I’m not sure, but I remembered that they said last week that Paula would choreograph the group performance tonight.

Anyhoo, here’s the songs that the contestants sang in order.
Lil Rounds – I’m every woman
Kris Allen – She workd hard fot the money
Danny Gokey – September
Allison Iraheta – Hot Stuff
Adam Lambert – If I can’t have you
Matt Giraud – Staying Alive
Anoop Desai – Dim All the lights

Some performances were Okay while some were really consistent. Like Adam and Danny, I think these two would make it to the finals hehehe.
Kris Allen perfomance was quite surprising. He delivered a very good song. I must admit this is the first time that I liked Kris’ performance.
As for Anoop, he could sing but…it wasn’t a good song choice.

Well my bottom 3 for this week would be:
Lil Rounds
Matt Giraud
Anoop Desai (sorry 😦 )

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I’m crossing my fingers that Anoop wouldn’t be eliminated.

On the brighter side, David Archuleta would be back on the Idol stage tonight. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!

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