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Wanna Dine & Watch A Play?

27 March 2003 01:03

I got lucky this morning. I just thought I'd give it a shot at those call-in radio contests this morning at RED 104.9 (yes, I don't listen to that certain dotFM station anymore and WowFM seems to have totally disappeared from the airwaves and replaced by a neverendling playlist of Chinese music) and it turns out I was lucky to be able to get through and answer what movie a line of dialog they played out was from (it was from The Matrix if you're curious to know). I now have tickets for two to Split Gravy On Rice playing at The Actors' Studio Bangsar, and dinner for two at La Bodega. Problem is, it's for tomorrow (Thursday, March 27) night and I can't make it. Anyone up for it? Respond by either posting it in the comments or email me (remember to change the [at] and [dot] to their proper characters yah) to claim it and we'll do the necessary arrangements.

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Mind Of The Nomad

25 March 2003 14:38

I swear my Nomad Jukebox is developing a mind of its own to be too funny. These two songs were played back to back from the randomly generated playlist:

Okay. So it's really my fault for loading those songs into it in the first place. But I got gobs of hard disk space left on that sucker to load it with even more junk. :P

With all the insanity going on in the world today, anybody paid any attention to the 75th Annual Academy Awards? I heard Steve Martin was really, really good.

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Cool Kimi Conquers KL

24 March 2003 09:34

Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) certainly lives up to the nickname given to him, i.e. Iceman, to keep it cool in the hot sweltering conditions of what supposedly is the hottest race in the Formula One calendar to win today's Formula One grand prix in Sepang. Ron Dennis' faith in Raikkonen has finally paid off with the young Finn's first ever grand prix win and it was only a matter of time this day would come. He ran a clinical race throughout and hardly had anyone ever touching him. Reubens Barichello (Ferarri) took second place and is followed by another new face on the podium, 21 year old Fernando Alonso (Renault) in third. Last year's KL grand prix winner Ralf Schumacher (Williams BMW) was fourth. If you're wondering where his elder brother Michael (Schumacher -- Ferarri) was, he finished uncharacteristically in sixth place, no thanks to his collision with Jarno Trulli (Renault) round the second corner at the start of the race which became a big deciding factor in today's race results rather than the new rules. This has been the second race we did not see Michael Schumacher on the podium at the end of the race. Will it be the same again in Brazil a fortnight from now?

Update (1730 - 03.24.2003): I've corrected the link to last year's KL grand prix winner. My eyes ARE getting tired and I'm beginning to slack... : \

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Shock And Horror

23 March 2003 12:56

I squirm and grimace everytime I look at the telly the last couple of days. Ayah has kept the TV tuned to eitherCNN, BBC orAl-Jazeera all the time ever since the war started. The worst part is this feeling of helplessness knowing that there's absolutely nothing one can do to stop it but pray to Almighty that this ends quickly, no matter what the outcome. Shock and awe should not be subjected to civilians. I cannot imagine the terror those people living nearby those targeted areas are going through.

Even though I am in the opinion that Saddam should leave, in a tiny corner of my mind, I have this wish that the coalition army will never find him when this campaign is over. Just so that Bush & Co. will end up the laughing stock of the world and his own people that not only he failed to get rid of Osama for sure, he also failed to substantially get rid of Saddam too. And when the day comes that the coalition army declares Iraqis are free and liberated of Saddam's regime, I hope the people of Iraq will somehow revolt against them just to show how wrong Bush & Co. has been all this while and prove to the world it has all been about them wanting to plunder Iraq of its black gold. If they're really sincere about liberating people from oppression, they should have done so with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and most importantly, Palestine.

Watching Formula One this weekend is not as much fun with all this madness going on.

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B.U.S.H. = Bash Up Saddam Hussein

21 March 2003 12:03

I feel sick to the stomach knowing that war has begun. I feel sick knowing that innocent civilians are going to get killed. I feel sick knowing that those sent there to fight it out are either going to kill or get themselves killed. I feel sick for having this morbid thought that the world is going to be pushed into instability with extremisms of all sorts being unleashed because of this war. All thanks to Bush & Co.'sthirst for oil. We wouldn't be having this war right now also, as Robin Cook -- former UK foreign secretary and leader of the House of Commons, puts it inhis speech, "if the hanging chads in Florida had gone the other way and Al Gore had been elected" back in 2000.

This war is totally unjustifiable. No doubt Saddam has got to go. But not this way. At least not until every diplomatic avenue has been exhausted. Bush mentioned that even if the UN does not sanction the war, he would still go ahead with his plans on the pretext of protecting Americans from impending threats. Just what direct harm can Iraq do to America at this time for heaven's sakes? I have this feeling that Bush & Co. somewhat used the UN Weapons Inspectors team to confirm that Iraq does not have any WMDs so that they could comfortably go in and take Saddam out and subsequently milk Iraq of its oil resources. Otherwise, how would you explain the situation with North Korea? You KNOW you wouldn't wanna mess with anybody who has got some nukes at their disposal, would you? If there are any impending threats Bush & Co. should be worried about, it's going to be the retaliation from within their midst should they continue with this mindless agenda.

I can almost hear Yoda utter, "Begun this Gulf War 2 has".

Yeah, this entry was purposely made on 20.03.2003 at 2003 hours.

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Visual Retrospection

13 March 2003 15:52

I'm at a loss for words. Cat got my tongue and some monkey stole my fingers. So can't talk, can't type -- much anyways. While I go hunt for them and busying away on some fancy re-attachment surgery, I thought I'd let y'all in on some pictures that have been taken and featured on this website before.

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Formula One: New Rules = New Podium Faces?

10 March 2003 13:08

If you're the kind who only care about end result, it probably wouldn't strike you any different to see David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes), Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) on the podium at the end of the first race of the 2003 Formula One season. Sometimes, it's not reaching the destination that matters but rather the journey to reach there. With new rules being introduced for this year's championship, we had quite an entertaining race today with almost all the drivers moving up and down the order throughout the race, practically trying to get a grip on everything from track conditions, tire selection, fuel load, etc. causing several revisions to each team's race strategy. Helping small teams to cut costs aside, perhaps from the technical perspective, this will force all teams to come up with a real balanced car that's suitable to be used throughout the race weekend (since each team is only allowed to use one car now unless of course it's badly damaged during qualifying). But it's quite obvious that this is done to provide more value as far as entertainment is concerned since last season's races were pretty much predictable with Ferarri leading all the way with the rest of the pack eating their dust. We'll see if the trend keeps up when it swings by Sepang in two weeks' time.

By the way, did somebody mention "need more entertainment" in F1? ;)

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Malaysia, Truly Bhangra

6 March 2003 01:40

It's not always Malaysia gets some free publicity in the form of foreign artists' music videos. Mundian To Bach Ke by Punjabi MC is riding high on the European charts at the moment, apparently driving clubgoers crazy with its heavy sampling of Knight Rider's theme. Anyway, if you thought Spoonfork'sfunky afro-do courtesy of the Bangladeshi hairstylist at Salon Peng-Stylist Rambut in Pandan Jaya was overboard, the guys at Kedai Gunting Rambut Stylo similiarly went over the top with Blonde Travolta's hair. If you've got decent broadband connection, check out themusic video (Windows Media Player required). As for the rest of you guys, you'll have to make do with some screen caps and wait it out till MTV or Channel [V] puts it on their playlist, but don't put too much hope on it 'cos you never know if our censors deem it as "culturally insensitive" or "making a mockery of our brown skinned people" and thus slap a ban on it altogether. Some people are allergic to jokes, y'know.

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"Why Shouldn't I Work For The NSA?"

2 March 2003 13:18

"Say I'm working at the NSA, and somebody puts a code on my desk, somethin' no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, cus' I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East and once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels are hiding... Fifteen hundred people that I never met, never had no problem with get killed. Now the politicians are sayin', "Oh, Send in the marines to secure the area" cus' they don't give a shit. It won't be their kid over there, gettin' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, cus' they were off pullin' a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some kid from Southie over there takin' shrapnel in the ass. He comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, cus' he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so that we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They're takin' their sweet time bringin' the oil back, of course, maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin' play slalom with the icebergs, it ain't too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy's out of work. He can't afford to drive, so he's walking to the fuckin' job interviews, which sucks because the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin' cus' every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue plate special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure fuck it, while I'm at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected President."

Song of the moment: Nas (feat. Amerie) - Rule

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Songs Of The Jilted Generation

1 March 2003 00:48

The random playlist on my Nomad Jukebox was rather interesting this morning:

Pretty upbeat nonetheless. No, I'm not leaving/abandoning the Jukebox for an Apple iPod, not until she breaks down on me. She's been great so far.

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