A tribute to Jedis (by “Anonymous”)

20 03 2009

I’VE ALWAYS viewed them as The Jedi Order.  When I joined the group, I was a padawan, learning the ways of the force from the few true Jedi Masters until I became a Jedi Knight… until I parted with the team.


I have always had high regard for the team’s dedication to contribute to the success and peace of the Star Wars Galaxy…  and to pursue further learning for each of the Jedis in the team.


They have always been my model group.


It’s sad that Order 66 has been issued – the termination of The Jedi Order.”



An homage to Superman

20 03 2009



I CAME to work with Five For Fighting’s song “Superman” playing on heavy rotation on my player.  It was just fitting as I intend to end this (work)week with a post about one of my favorite superheroes – yesSuperman.


If you’ve been reading my blog, you shall know by now that I refer to at least three of my best friends as superheroes.  As to why, the reasons are as personal as they are varied.  And at least one of my other friends would tease me every now and then that she wish she were one too.  Well, she could very well be as – for the life of me – I love her dearly.  But she is more of a Disney princess.


Earlier this week, midway through a one-on-one discussion with one of our senior engineers, someone snapped this shot of me.  And what do you know, I have here a Superman shirt on, quite fitting for this post.  I didn’t buy this shirt.  It came from someone who regularly reads my blog, and thought I’d be delighted to get a Superman shirt.  Well, he thought well.  This shirt is proof positive that the price tags on things are not the be-all and end-all of their worth.


Superman could very well be the best superhero there is.  But what exactly is a superhero?  I’ll start with what a hero is.  For me, a hero is someone who is distinguishable through his exceptional courage, daring, and strength.  Whenever needed, we celebrate the boldness of a hero’s exploits.  And to be a “super”hero, someone has got to be more than that – enough for us to confine this notion (of a superhero) to fictional characters.  And they abound.


But what I’m really thankful for – and what I have gained deeper realization on – is that when we get the chance to see the real lives of people around us, not only shall we see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility…  but we shall also see that in every man’s life, he is surrounded by his own superheroes.


And they do not even have to possess any of those superhuman powers.  God, no!  The thought of them having X-Ray vision or the ability to read my mind scares the living hell out of me.  Hahaha!  Just the very thought that they are around and very very reachable through all electronic means at my disposal, is comfort, security, and happiness enough.


Appropriately, I came across something that actually sums up best how I see Superman.  As Batman himself said in the Superman/Batman comic series, “It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then…he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him.”



Amen to that!  My friend Superman is exactly this way.