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.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Love moves in mysterious ways

Few days before February 14 this year, I received an emails from my friends from the Philippines. They were organizing a date for dateless individuals, or planning to. It was sort of consoling themselves for being loveless in the day of love. Sound pathetic, but the situation resembles that of a senior high school girl frantically looking for a date at a senior prom. Re-imagine Pretty in pink the movie --but not the teen age girls but ladies looking for a mid-life romance.

May, a long time acquaintance, emailed me an article, asking me if I still remember what I wrote. If blogging existed 7 years ago, the article will be in my blog. The unpolished article was about love and trying to explain love through science (and that explains why I'm in graduate school, I like science but I'm not geeky). After reading and examining my long lost article (thanks May), I realized how 7 years made a difference in how I write and how I presented my ideas.

Anyway, in the span of 7 years, I still wonder why May is still loveless. She's cute, hot, easy to get along with and some other superlatives you can think of. If I was betting money on among my friends, gambling on who will tie the knot in 7 years, May is one of my friends I'll put money into. If I did, I lost.

At the rate life is going, I think she's not frustrated and will soon find one. Love moves in a mysterious ways, just read on the link (this one's for you May, Divine or Mayang, whichever you want me to call you). I got it from the Reader's Digest Feb Edition.

2 comments: said...

(May's violent comment:

kudos emil! jest, well said..but is this some sort of `hey, wake up! Why still single?-sort of thing? Thanks though. If what you meant by loveless is automatically associated with being single, well, I strongly disagree, non sequitur..for 1 reason, i`ve never been loveless..haha! (i believe being one is really pathetic..). carry on with unrequited times.. good enough to feel the `natural high` (..more often the `natural downcast`) --- Being Single does not necessarily mean loveless.. i think it`s more of love unanswered. From the article, Love moves in mysterious ways.. i think, it has been working on me obscurely. Just wait and see.

I`ve been thinking.....had i bet on it too, i would have won. I knew it back then. i knew it talaga! I`m a late bloomer tsk tsk. =?

Cla said...

Nice work emil! Although this comment is already late i couldn't help but relive the good memories i have of Valentine's Day. I must admit that i'm one of those "loveless" ladies year after year that's why we organized the V-Day date among the QC members and everyone is required to wear red! Now, i'm no longer "loveless" because love did moves in mysterious for me hahaha!!! :-)

May, lahat yata tayo sa QC ay mga late bloomer! Di ba Ate Arlene??? :-)