Friday, May 11, 2012

Filipinos in the ring, in music and in fintech

A few years ago I stumbled into a rising talent, Nonito Donairean apparent rising star in the local Philippine boxing scene.  Since then I have hibernated from following the deluge of boxing news whilst focused on the equally interesting developments of my source of bread and butter: high-tech.  In doing so, I've been back into the rat race of big data and making sense of all the stuff that has been accumulated resulting from internet explosion, mobile device proliferation and the stuff that is sucked by means of social networking sites as Facebook, twitter and blog sites as this. In recent googl'ing seems that Donaire is gaining momentum as fast as big data.

As I lay to rest in a haystack of information overload, I stumbled into this very interesting encounter depicted in the following image:

Filipinos from disparate discipline of boxing, music and finance/hightech collide in a Manila hotspot, Republiq.

Donaire is to the left, can you guess the rest?

fight night in the Dogpatch

Spring Fight Nite @SF Dogpatch's boxing gym

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

friday fight night in san francisco

The eve prior to Mayweather v Cotto's Saturday main event, local boxing enthusiasts and boxing trainees can indulge in a fight-night warm up this Friday the 4th of May at Dogpatch's Third Street Boxing gym.  Licensed fighters will showcase their skills at a few hours of fun and pound by pound exchange of power, will and might:

mayweather v pacman by means of cotto

The politics and marketing strategies of boxing is one I can never fathom.  Perhaps because it stems from its ghetto roots, I don't know.  My affinity towards the sport stems from its raw and gladiator roots (albeit not as in today's Roman Centurion controversies) - the animal instinct embodied in our human DNA to survive or be killed.

Mayweather's controversies arising from the much anticipated Mayweather v Pacman fight is a saga in and of itself that bears a likeness to daytime soap opera at its worst and Oprah W at its best.  I wish to see the main event as opposed to the continuous propaganda and vulgar images as such:

So let the fight begin, Saturday's main event showcases Mayweather v Cotto, may this be the last of the hops toward the ultimate fight night in today's boxing history.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Third Street Boxing Gym

I have found my home at "Third Street Boxing Gym".

It was the first San Francisco gym I found many years ago that gave me the physical and mental workout I required to survive as an urban free-thinker with an affinity towards high technology.

At Third Street, after all the filtering process of finding a gym that would cater to my energetic career and disposition - this gym gave me everything and more.

All because of many reasons which I don't want to bore you, but I think if you are a high-powered individual, an artist, a fighter, or an altogether person who is passionate for the thing in itself, I would invite you to join us.

It is a means to express our dreams, disparate as it may be, but in between the jabs, crosses and hooks, I hope, we will get there!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Moore's Law and boxing

Two years of my Rip Van Winkle hibernation in sfboxing blog posts but not a second has gone by where the petri dish of today's boxing world has been unstoppable as the brewing of Boxing's King continued in a gradual yet powerful a crescendo. Manny Pacman has since continued to achieve the status of mainstream kind, not the underdog rising star as he has been since the early decade of the rise of my boxing interest.

Since then, in my own boring (for most of you), high-tech world, us geeks have also gone beyond our Manny Pacman excitement (ie: rockstar status high) from the early internet days (and bust then boom, and bust then gradual boom), to SMS text and blogging, where today social media, mobile and the iPad has gained a foothold (as end consumer devices - the backend architecture "it's complicated {not from a 'Status' standpoint, from a - 'you'll not want to understand you don't have the IQ, standpoint",} don't ask!).

Hence my RESTful (that's a joke, if you get it, you're an official NERD!) silence in this blogpost. Mainly because as a technologist, blogging was so Yesterday and as boxer and a fan of the underdog, my undercard has gone mainstream.

Albeit the fact that I still respect the rise to fame and struggle of Pacman as I have for Mr. Jobs and Mr. Gates; there are always the Zuckerbergs of the world and the new starlets of the tech and boxing world that keep me occupied - am lying - I also need to work and amass my own little nest egg.

Having said that - I am finally tired of the noise to signal ratio of social media, hence I am semi-retired in posting in all the Facebooks, Yelps and the rest of mass media venues; while I am not tired of Pacman's skill, I know he too is going to be slowing down and it's time to be keen who the next wave of talent and technology to look out for.

In terms of tech, within the context of my greater industry domain knowledge, I know the next thing is Big Data; while in terms of boxing, (in my limited domain exposure, yet my instinct is inclined to lean towards believing that) it is still to be determined who the next phenomenon as Manny would be. Unfortunately unlike tech, the Manny's of the world come in many decades of intervals; before him - was Ali. While in tech - they do quantum leap, as tech grows the gap between the next wave decreases, almost following the dictum of Moore's Law where the rate of processor speed doubles in every two (or even more accelerated?) years.

Moore's Law applies to the acceleration and speed of change vis a vis technology and the evolution of the infrastructure of being. I believe that boxing's law remain constant as a cornerstone foundation of humanity within the realm of physical existence (omg, that is such a mouthful for a boxing blog, I should keep-it-simple-stupid, but what do I mean - I mean that boxing laws apply to physical existence, that's it.).

While Moore's Law applies to viewing existence in a bigger picture - a high level perspective, boxing's law brings us back to a grounding basics as Newton's law has - 3 laws of motion that is based upon cause and affect.

Moore's Law reminds me of a bridge, a juncture that bridges the old world - like boxing, the industrialist, the Newtonians and people of bricks and mortals - towards a world that is unpredictable - where people have perfected the laws and motions of the old; and now are ready to face the uncertainty of external and unexpected events. Sort of like graduating from form training - Moore's law, IMHO, predisposes us to learn how to, as a boxer, for instance, to step into the unknown, into the ring.

What does it have to do with Pacman?

Pacman's showed us how he has progressed from a disciplined and by the rule fighter, into the champion - where grounded by the classics, he managed to learn strategy and tactics to truly fight in a series of unknown bouts where the rules don't matter, while guided by discipline plus wisdom he maneuvers with skill to survive and maintain his stake. (While credits towards Pacman's wisdom, IMHO, belongs to his extremely talented and wise mentor, Freddie Roach).

Gladiator sport and technology may seem to be disparate, they are one, within the context of my existence.