Thanks for all the kind thoughts (via comments or emails).
I've taken the time to rethink what I really want to do with the blog. I want to veer away from the default of online punditry. It seems easy to just comment, commend or rant. I think I want to attempt more. Educate, yes, but as much as I decided to get a real education because I didn't want to become another urban planning dilettante, I want to provide practical education. To get from published word (well, online) to praxis (to borrow a term from the socialists).
I've decided to henceforth focus my posts on three areas:
1) practical urban design/planning for your barangay -what the average juan can do to make his neighborhood a better place. (also inspired by this post by Manila Rat).
2) the future (and past) of cities - looking a technologies on the horizon (Kurzweil's singularity notwithstanding) and how this can possibly affect Metro Manila's future.
3) news from the world of urban planning/policy -including Metro Manila (i'll try my best not to pontificate).
So, switching from random sniping to a blunderbuss...(yes, but selective blunderbussing). Maybe we can find a worthy Chrysophylax.