Thursday, December 31, 2009

Google Me!

On November 2006, I started interacting with the world and become obsessed with it. I started with Friendster, the first public social networking site. I had a lot of friends. About near 150s. If you do not know Friendster, I tell you what--it sucks; I don't even recommend you to sign up in there. Sorry for my pessimism. This doesn't even belong to my post. It's just an introduction.

About 12 years ago, Google was introduced, released to the public, and became a search giant eventually on the World Wide Web. It also became an index of websites on the world wide web. And as we would witness this by searching a keyword, such as "Google," and will have about 2.1 billion results occupied right in front of you in just .16 seconds!

I often dreamt of having just one popularity over the world. And so, I made expendable websites, profiles, and blogs, though I know I won't use them. I then had the number 1 spot with the search keyword "Josh Medrano" (my name). Months after, I am not already in the first spot, and I am nowhere in the first page. I didn't care actually.

Months later again, actually on April of this year, Google released the "search me" feature. [related link:] And now I can search for me! And see myself on the first page everyday. (Isn't that very exhilarating?) Anyway, if you are seeking some popularity or if you don't have one, you might like get one by registering a profile account from Google, create/edit your profile, and search for yourself in the homepage! By registering also, you will get the Web Winning Gmail (that's the best email program you'll ever have!), Google Apps (free; it's a document editor system, with Powerpoint, Word, and Excel; you can also save word files to pdf!), and it will also integrate with Blogger, Feedburner, Orkut, and Youtube--all Google services. Enjoy!

MY Decade in Review

Here is a timeline of my decade with descriptions.

2000- I began Kindergarten. Kindergarten finished successfully, as a result. I was 2nd with honors the next year. I cannot remember much in 2000, so don't ask me anything about it.

2001- I didn't know anything about 9/11 and all that. I was living in the Philippines. And I was just 6. I began first grade late. And still, I'm amnesic about 2001.

2002- Oh, this year was the greatest, and most romantic, rather. Love at first sight. First marriage. Hehe. 

2003- I hated this year as much as I hated my third grade teacher. [Sorry, Ms. Hernando]

2004- This year was my worst year. I didn't earn any honors on this level. This year was the hardest.

2005- Learned many things this year. This year was my 2nd worst.

2006- I had to say goodbye to my mom. I also began surfing the internet! It was fun. I began with Friendster, because of its popularity.

2007- Just finished grade school! Went to US. The best year. And 7th grade was also my funnest year. Had my first laptop (which was stolen from the house thereafter).

2008- Uhh... I'll say this was the 2nd best. 2008 was a year of 'immigration' for me. I met a lot of people.

2009- I'll put this on the 'neutral' year. I learned a lot of things this year. Look at my Christmas Letter blog post for my year summary.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After Surgery

Sorry for the long waiting out there (if you are). I didn't forget it, really. During the last few days, I know that you have been very frustrated why I wrote so much stuff that I have not included my surgery--it has already been a week! I apologize for that. :)

By the way, here (on the right) is what I looked like after surgery. I was eating chocolate pudding.

Let's get on to the point. I am self-questioning because it's easier for me to blot out more than essays, which normally includes outlines and brainstorms. This is just the introduction. The essay will be later.
  • What kind of surgery did you have?
  • I had tonsillectomy--removing of tonsils, adenoidectomy--removing of adenoids, and myringotomy (something to do with the ear) on the left.
  • Did it hurt?
  • I don't know. I was anesthetic on the surgery. But I guess it hurt of course.
  • Why did you have surgery? Were they necessary?
  • I am impaired in my left ear, meaning I cannot hear well. And also, I have my ear not checked up since I had my last surgery on 2002. That was the purpose of myringotomy. For tonsillectomy, I really had a large tonsils. And basically that's why I had one, I think. And for adenoidectomy, I had difficulties breathing with my  [I don't remember if left or right] and that would also be involved with tonsillectomy.
  • Before the surgery...
  • Well, before the surgery, I was directed to a room-like section where I was to be kept after surgery also. There was a warm blanket and socks which comforted my body all day. I had an IV. I had my hand [just above the wrist--left] injected. They also got my temperature.
  • After the surgery...
  • Well, I was completely nauseous. I was served with ice chips, which I swallowed with difficulty. I was also required to breathe my excellent breathe [whatever that is!]. So I breathe deeply as I can but could not breathe very deeply and my oxygen was not getting higher. So I had a shot which did not help extirpate my nauseous feeling. I was given an oxygen mask and let myself sleep for hours. I do not know what time it was, but I got home at about 3:00, including those driving and buying prescriptions. I woke up and breathe heavily as I can and found out that my oxygen was maintaining on 90, and higher. It was tolerable. They kept me ten minutes more to ensure that I was getting enough oxygen, and I did. I was served popsicles and ice chips during that time.
Questions about after surgery topics are always welcome.

Hah! I am not aging! Today is Wednesday!

I am not not excited that New Year is in two days. Here is the story today:

When I say a fan's status update just awhile ago, I went across the web to find what the date of today is. Well the status said, "Happy New Year and Welcome 2010!" I suddenly remembered what happened yesterday to remember what was yesterday. [Get it?] Our garbage was out yesterday, and the garbage truck normally picks up in the area on Tuesdays. So it means yesterday was Tuesday. And this week's Tuesday wasn't a holiday nor snow day. It was sunny, clearing up all the snow from the snowstorm last Sunday. Going back to the topic, I checked my date/time on the desktop/system tray. It was dated Thursday, December 31, 2009. It must be a mistake, I thought, but no, a website says it is December 31 (it seems that the website follows the system clock/date setting). I know I wasn't aging. I chatted a friend on Facebook. She said it was already Thursday. Then another one said it is Wednesday. I checked Accuweather to make sure. It is December 30, 2009. Wednesday, dorks!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Official Gmail Blog: It's been real, 2009

What was up with GMail in 2009? With its fifth anniversary this year, it provided me a great deal of mailing through this months [or years] I have been using their service. It's really great. Try it. Kudos Gmail, and see you MORE in 2010!

Some tips from Google

I copied this off their site, and it is very useful. If you are running a web blog, this might help you gain more audience. Click the title to go to the proper link.

This is in no way a science or guarantee; it's simply a few suggestions with which many bloggers have found success.
Set your blog to Send Pings. When this setting is activated, your blog will be included in various "recently updated" lists on the web as well as other blog-related services.
Activate Your Navbar. Do this and you might start to see the effects right away! One of the features on the Blogger Navbar is a button called NextBlog - click it to visit the next Navbar-enabled blog.
Install Email This Post. If you use Email This Post on your blog, people will be able to forward your posts to friends. This may not have an immediate impact on your site stats but it enables others to publicize your blog for you.
Turn on Post Pages. By publishing every post as its very own web page with Post Pages, you ensure that your entries are way more link-able and more attractive to search engines.
Turn on your site feed. When people subscribe to your site feed in their newsreaders, they're very likely going to read your post.
Add your blog to Blogger's listings. When you add your blog to our listings it shows up in Nextblog, Recently Updated, and other places. It's like opting-in to traffic.
Write quality content and do it well. If your "style" is bad writing, worse grammar, no punctuation, and an ugly design, that might be okay for a niche crowd. But the idea here is to achieve mass appeal, so fix yourself up a bit.
Publish regular updates. Simple: the more you blog, the more traffic you'll get.
Think of your audience. A good way to build an audience is to speak to one in particular. When you keep your audience in mind, your writing gains focus. Focus goes a long way toward repeat visitors.
Keep search engines in mind. There are a few things you can do to make your blog more search engine friendly. Use post titles and post page archiving. This will automatically give each of your post pages an intelligent name based on the title of your post. Also, try to be descriptive when you blog. A well crafted post about something very specific can end up very near the top results of a search.
Keep your posts and paragraphs short. Strive for succinct posts that pump pertinent new information into the blogosphere and move on. Keep it short and sweet so visitors can pop in, read up, and click on.
Put your blog URL in your email signature. Think of how many forwarded emails you've seen in your day, and just imagine the possibilities.
Sumbit your address to blog search sites and directories. People look for blog content at Technorati every day, are you on their list? You should be. Submit your blog's url to TechnoratiDaypopBlogdexPopdex, and any other site of that ilk you come across.
Link to other blogs. Links are the currency of the blogosphere and it takes money to make money so start linking.
Install a blogroll. It's a very simple yet effective social networking scheme and it has the same result as a simple link if not stronger: traffic! So if you don't have one yet, sign up for a blogroll and get that link-list going.
Be an active commenter. This is in the same vein as linking. Most comment systems also provide a way for you to leave a link back to your blog which begs a visit at the very least. So if you feel inspired, leave a comment or two in your blog travels. It behooves you.
Enable Following on your blog. Following a is a great way to keep your friends updated on the latest activity on your blog. New blogs will have this blog feature enabled by default, but for older blogs you will have to enable it from the Layout | Page Elements tab.

Decade in Review

Warning: This post contains a long material. Please decide now whether you want to read an encyclopedia-longed article. Thanks :)

As 2009 finishes, the first decade of the millennium is also going to an end. The decade of 2000s has been rather extreme. It was filled with highs and lowsTIME says it was the worst. In contrast,Washington Post says that prosperity reigned America in this decade. Now, you might be also wondering what I think of it. This decade is the first full decade I have ever witnessed. I was born in 1995. In 2000 I was 4, and so I couldn't remember about fourth the decade. I do not remember my first four years either. And so I will just "copy and paste" from other sites and conclude my post quickly :)

What are your New Year Resolutions?

Hey, it's end of the year again. Time is so fast and getting faster, I noticed. Have you? Well, grow up there! Hehe, I just think you are very lazy and messy. But if you're not, good...and I don't know why. Really.

But anyway, I have already explained my 2009 on my Christmas letter I posted earlier this month. So I will no more repeat what 2009 was like to me. This is the follow up of the letter. Title "What are your New Year resolutions," of course you know already what this post will be. The only difference is that this isn't a letter. It's just a normal blog post. ;]

Top 5 Goals of 2010:

  • First on the list is to have more self confidence. More friends. More confident. More active. More enthusiastic. I think I am not sociophobic so I should consider this my first, top, and most important goal of the year!
  • Improve my English grammar. I love to write--randomly. I often found things non-personal easy to proofread but somehow I can't proofread mine easily. [Makes sense?] I am a really good proofreader but not a good writer. And I really write slow. Am I boring?
  • Learn and play the piano more seriously and more enthusiastically, but more fun, of course. I started to learn the piano [keyboard/organ actually] when I was 10 (in sixth grade) but stopped right before I turned 11. My sister is an organist/keyboarder and I want to be like her. But anyway, I am taking piano lessons beginning Friday :)
  • Not to be more too personal on Facebook. Oh, I cleared up my whole wall for 30 minutes today. And if you have seen my letter blog post yesterday, you will understand. But I think it did not explained everything very well. Those are just the basics.
  • More blog posts! Of course, why not! That's the main reason this blog is still alive :) But anyway, why don't you comment?

I have more, but let's keep it little by little. What are your New Year resolutions?

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Letter of Apology

Dear Friends (especially in Facebook),

I have come to some realization that I have been very personal through this past days--or months, even. And I am very sorry for any inconvenience my statuses brought you into. However, this must not be continued in result of my public image being ruined. I do not really like to take things too personal, and I admit this is all my fault. I have abandoned my self in spite of many enthusiasms happening around me. My belligerence had taken me too far--alone, in a separate world.

To my very dear school and other fellow friends, I hope you can accept the fact that I am very timid, shy, and diffident. That's all I can say with my very small voice and speechless mouth.

Life, indeed is hard. If you want to make it easier, live it and enjoy it. It's the most precious gift you'd ever had.



Words, Words, Words

Credits to: Amazing Posts. Originally posted at on June 5, 2007. Accessed December 28, 2009.
  1. The longest word in standard English dictionaries is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis at 45 letters long.
  2. The longest English word that does not contain the letter 'e' is floccinaucinihilipilification at 29 letters.
  3. Cabbaged and fabaceae, each 8 letters long, are the longest words that can be played on a musical instrument.
  4. Aegilops, 8 letters long, is the longest word with its letters arranged in alphabetical order.
  5. Spoonfed, 9 letters long, is the longest word with its letters arranged in reverse alphabetical order.
  6. CIMICIC and CIMICID, each 7 letters long, are the longest words that are exclusively made up of Roman numerals when written in upper case. Among words consisting of only Roman numeral letters, the "highest scoring" are MIMIC (2,102) and IMMIX (2,012).
  7. Overnumerousnesses, 18 letters long, is the longest word that consists of only letters that lack ascenders, descenders and dots in lower case.
  8. Lighttight and hillypilly, each 10 letters long, are the longest words consisting only of letters with ascenders, descenders and dots in lower case.
  9. Tittifill, 9 letters long, is the longest word consisting only of letters with ascenders or dots in lower case.
  10. Honorificabilitudinitatibus, 27 letters long, is the longest word consisting strictly of alternating consonants and vowels.
  11. Dermatoglyphicsmisconjugatedly and uncopyrightable , each 15 letters long, are the longest words in which no letter appears more than once.
  12. Unprosperousness, 16 letters long, is the longest word in which each letter occurs at least twice.
  13. Esophagographers, 16 letter long, is the longest word in which each of its letters occurs twice.
  14. Discrete - discreet is the longest homophonic anagram (2 similarly pronounced words that are spelled differently but sound the same and are composed of the same letters).
  15. Redivider is the longest common palindromic word ( a word reading the same backwards and forwards).
  16. The longest words that are reverse images of each other are stressed anddesserts .

Why Your Tongue Sticks to a Frozen Pole

You may have already seen this in the movie A Christmas Story. And of course--like me, you might be still wondering about why Flick's tongue stuck in the frozen flag pole (when Flick and Schwartz were in an argument). Here is an illustration explaining why:

And yes, there it is folks! Hope you learned a lesson today!

Credits to: Amazing Posts

Foreign Policy: The Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009

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The End of Influence

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A How-To Guide for Putting Your Big Think on the Map - By Carlos Lozada | Foreign Policy

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

My first actual Omegle conversation...

You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
You: bonjour!
Stranger: bonjour
You: tu es francais?
You: ou francaise?
Stranger: Vous êtes Français?
Stranger: Je suis norvégienne

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My 10 Christmas Movies

What are you doing this Christmas? Watching Christmas movies? Great! Here is a list of my favorite toppest Christmas movies:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 23, 2009

Dear friends:

It’s Christmas again! And I am awfully excited about it. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Christmas days are often warm, chilly, and a very calm day to sleep and do nothing. Christmas, I know, is the time we celebrate Jesus’ birth, specifically, when the star rose up, the wise men of the north came to visit Jesus in Bethlehem, and when they spread the Good News to the world.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hey guys! It's been 'flurrying' lately, then some weather resourced blizzard coming—which prettily majored in the east, and recently, Accuweather says the blizzard's getting ready to move away. But anyway, here are just little random facts for you today. And I'm pretty sure you'll learn a lot from me from this MySpace-designed survey:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

First major snow.

This morning was our first major snowy day of the season. According to Accuweather and other weather resources, it should be  about 2 inches by this night or more by Sunday night. Anyway, I am hoping that it would. But I just realized that the snowing today was very inopportune. It should drop this Christmas. Oh, I am dreaming of a White Christmas...

Well, anyway, enjoy your snowy day (if you have some snow!)

Photo: Across the street. Taken 12-19-09. Josh Medrano (C)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Grades and Attendance (As of December 18, 2009)

Here is my current grades for the First Semester. They aren't complete yet. (12/18/09)

Click the photo to see.

Current GPA: 3.67 (12/18/09)

Man pays $72 for a taco, says ‘Merry Christmas’


(Source: Yahoo/Associated Press)

SANDUSKY, Ohio – So much for the value menu. A Taco Bell manager in Ohio says a man who appeared drunk walked into the restaurant earlier this week and handed him $72 for just one taco. The manager tells police near the northern Ohio town of Sandusky that the customer who seemed to be in his early 20s refused to take back the money and told workers "Merry Christmas."

Manager Aaron Ohm says he thought for sure the man would return for his money, but he so far he hasn't shown up.

Police are holding on to the money as evidence and say if it's not claimed in 60 days, the store manager will get a late Christmas gift.

What I think:

Snow is coming…

Sleigh bells ring…are you listening? On the lanes, snow is glistening….a beautiful sight…we'll be happy tonight. Let's walk on the winter wonderland!

It seems that the weather seems to be accurate with all the snow on the states surrounding Ohio! I'm glad that as the winter recess came, snow is coming also this way! Do you have some? Take some pictures!

What do you think of Google’s New Plans?

Don't you think Google is too fast on everything? What do you think of its Nexus, Google's new phone? How about the new Google Chrome OS?


Writing in blogs doesn't have to be formal. I hope you understand that. We all have a freedom of speech and let's use it. Off the topic, I'd like to make a blog about MY writing skills.

I really like to write. But I don't always get ideas quickly. It would take at least 30 minutes or so to get them. Anyway, I want to make blogging as my hobby and pastime. That way, I can improve my writing a little. These are my goals from this blogging:

  • to entertain and inspire you,
  • to make life lively as possible,
  • to learn from you (comment!),
  • improve my writing skills,
  • and continue to be a part of the world wide network.
Try to blog guys, and experience some things just for a while. With an experience of 3 years in the Internet field, I am sure you will like writing. You can use common expressions of speech, even. You do not have to be a reporter, journalist, or a professor. Just be yourself. Publicize your voice to the world! Join me right now and be my guest!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tomorrow is Friday!

This has always been my quote on Thursdays. By the way, there are a lot of things that will be going on tomorrow. First, as in duh, it's Friday tomorrow. Second, it's half day for me tomorrow. Third, it's the last day of school tomorrow.  Fourth, uhh..., what else? Any ideas what's happening on Friday?

Anyways, I'm excited for the holiday break even though I will be having a painful surgery! Posts will be flowing through tomorrow afternoon, and wish me luck (although I don't really need that much) on my Algebra exam!

A New World, Maybe?

Hello, there! Welcome to my blog! Joshism, the name of my blog, is nothing. Don't mind it, but at least it captures my audiences! By the way, I am Josh Medrano, freshman, Internet geek, blogger who hopes to be a writer, and a regular boy with extraordinary life.

Even though I am an Internet geek, I never take every single thing I make and do in the Internet seriously. I have already created more than 10 websites/blogs, but never updates them although I have a lot of free time! But as a more little mature-ish boy now, I will be serious to this blog. Fun, sorrow, and joys will be talked about.

I am a shy, diffident guy, but ironically, I am writing, expressing, and showing to the WHOLE WORLD me. However, I hope you find me very exhilarating, fun, and enjoyable at all times, and at the same time, I'll enjoy writing as I live! This will be a great memoir! And this would be a whole new world to me.