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Interview With The Lord Of The Games

3 February 2002 01:51

I get hyped up whenever I come across a piece of news with John Carmack in it. You would have noticed in my About page that one of the people I look up to is John Carmack. So, just who is this John Carmack you ask? Ever played Wolfenstein, Doom 1 & 2 or Quake 1, 2 or 3 Arena? He's the creator of those games' engines. What makes me look up to him is that he is a technical idealist and most of the things that he has come up with are driven not by business but technical correctness. I can only wish that most of the projects I work on is just like that, 'cos most of the time, its the business requirements that drive things and when things get tight, compromises have to be made on the technical side of things, leaving things totally dysfunctional (I'm tempted to drive the point home by highlighting products made by a certain very large software company but I'll let it go for now!). He also recognizes the fact that he is not that business savvy and thus has hired somebody to take care of the business side of things while he concentrates at what he does best, i.e. programming. This is of course the opposite of what usually happens in the industry. Great engineers who were brilliant in their field end up managing the company or such. Anyways, he has come such a long way that people, especially those in the PC graphics industry, regard him as an authority as to what should be right or wrong when drivers (mostly OpenGL) are being built or developed. I will be putting in items in here whenever The Man is in the news from now on....

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DVD Review: The Fast And The Furious

2 February 2002 14:28

It's Federal Territory Day today so it's a day off for me. Went around KL in the afternoon and I got me The Fast And The Furious DVD. Whilst the action was frenetic, stunts were nicely done, soundtrack was thumping (Dang! I really dig on those tracks by BT!), special features were worthy, some nice (not gorgeous or hot though, heh!) babes (Jordana Brewster), it's a shame I can't say the same about the storyline though. It's just as shallow as some Malay movies with some lumba haram (illegal street racing) theme thrown in. Anyways, it's a good DVD to throw in your rig, crank the volume up and bother some neighbors on a quiet afternoon or evening. Heh! My rating: 4.5/10.

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24 Hour Food Outlets To Be Banned

1 February 2002 13:34

Something in the news that both angered and cracked me up at the same time. Apparently, these 24 hour eating outlets are a source of social ills and thus the solution to overcome it is by not allowing them to operate on a 24 hour basis. Another reason given is that rather than having people frequenting the eating outlets in the wee hours of the night, the time is much better spent having a good nights rest instead. What a load of crap, I'd say. Eating outlets as a cause of social ills? Gimme a break! Just how many incidences have been reported so far about eating outlets being vice dens? People don't go mugging, gambling or get laid at those eating outlets! They go there to get food! And the time is better spent sleeping so that they can come to work "feeling fresh"? Hello, Minister! What about those people who work on shifts? Are you going to deprive them of their basic need to live? Not everyone has a 9-to-5 job, y'know. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic example of how shallow minded some of our ministers can be. It's just plain, downright stupid. People go to these places to get food, to ease the hunger pangs that come to them in the middle of the night, to meet friends, to wind down after a whole day and evening's work. At the same time, these eating outlets have become part of the unique Malaysian culture and thus taking them down would mean taking part of our culture down as well. As far as social ills are concerned, has there been any statistics compiled to show the correlation between the existence of these 24 hour eateries with the number of immoral activities? I certainly don't think so. Y'know what? If they're really intent on not wanting people to go out at night and engage in those unhealthy activities, why not just impose a curfew? Simpler innit? The people aren't kids, for heaven's sake! I just hope whatever plans they have to put a stop to the 24 hour eateries will fall through. At the same time, The Star is running a public opinion poll on whether or not the authorities should ban those eating outlets. Go do some justice...

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