LEVI McPHERSON, a graduate student of analytical chemistry at the University of North Central Florida, is approached by agents of the Homeland Security’s Counter-terrorism Unit. The agency is recruiting Lee to study and expose the loopholes of screening instruments in airports. Struggling financially, he accepted the offer, making him a paid, benevolent hacker of the nation’s gateway. Yet Levi is horrified when an Airbus from Los Angeles disintegrated in mid-air.

At 40, when everybody’s career trajectory is going up, Levi’s still a poor graduate student, struggling financially. His research projects however, are worth million dollars. Researching the highly classified and heavily guarded secrets of detecting traces of explosives, what Lee know was a goldmine. The agency's offer is his financial break . So Levi tackles the problem like a scientist, detailing the loopholes of the aviation security and turning what he knew into a big time money machine.

JIM and JONATHAN of the counter-terrorism unit, where nowhere to be found after Charlotte International Airport, a hub of Delta Airlines closed abruptly because of instrument malfunctions in their security lines. And in a post-Osama Bin Laden’s era, the biggest blow to the United Stated after the 9/11 disaster comes unexpectedly when a passenger plane blew up in the skies of Washington D.C., in the heart of the nation.

Levi knew it was only the start of more troubles, so he recruits his fellow graduate students to counter the future attacks. They have to think like criminals—and scientists too. With the help of FBI counter-terrorism experts, Homeland Security and Transportation Security Agency, the team races to close and plug the loopholes Lee identified.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Tikman ang Langit

This is the anthology on the Eraserheads. Honestly, if I didn't paid a visit to, I may never know what anthology means. By the way, the word means "a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject".

Mostly, the authors wrote about their first encounter of E-heads’ brand of music. Others detailed their argument why the band is the best group who ever graced the Philippine music scene. One author made a different way of paying tribute to the god of Philippine music; by searching the web for stories. Some contributors described the Philippine underground music scene, before E-heads made it to mainstream. Reading a part of the historical accounts of the underground revolution was nostalgic and exciting. History class will probably bore you to death, but reading past events that you know you are a part of it is pure nostalgia.

I have my own account of the E-heads and I do agree to most of the writers, although some part of the stories were too long. It bored me to read long stories related to the managers and promoters of the band. In those instances, I can’t follow the characters involved. Some contributions where well written and polished, some where not. Over all, it was nice to view the different angles of E-heads, as recounted by the fans-- regardless of affiliations-- a jolog or a conyo.

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