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Bow Chika Wah Wah

30 April 2003 02:24

Spoonfork's interview was out yesterday and today Alphaque's got posted. Nice insights! :) Alphademon oughtta do more of those!

And Albster has got a rather eloquent toilet humor thingy going on! Good UI (user interface) design can help inkeeping toilets clean. Of course, this thing I mentioned yesterday has gotta be theultimate appliance for those who can't stand being AFK (away from keyboard) for prolonged times.


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The Crib V0.9

29 April 2003 14:11

My apartment in Sunway is now complete and almost ready for occupation! Went there this morning to inspect the place and collect the keys. Few minor defects here and there but quite happy with it overall. It is, after all, THE most expensive thing that I've purchased with my own money so far so it'd better be worth it! I'm estimating June/July timeframe for me to move in there by the looks of things. It ain't noCasa Impian right off the bat by any stretch (it'll get there eventually -- but for now, I'll be content with a fridge, microwave, futon bed, my computer, stereo and Astro. Anybody wanna help me sourcethis? :P) but what the hey, it's gonna make as a good, comfy and functional crib for my ownself in the next two years or so (gonna hafta migrate my "R&D Center" soon too). Surprisingly spacious living area, good view from the balcony and master bedroom, airy when all the windows are open and quite shielded from direct morning/evening sun. Nice location too as major amenities are very close to the place. Can't wait!

Listening to: Eric Benet - Poetry Girl


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Local Music Progress & Awareness

28 April 2003 03:12

I have been waking up rather early the last few Sundays (as opposed to "normal" standards of late morning/early noon like some people I know -- okay, so I don't sleep much anyways). Early enough that when I start channel surfing on the idiot box, can't help but notice that RTM's Selamat Pagi Malaysia morning talk show has been consistently featuring Pop Yeh Yeh groups all this while. I have nothing against that genre of music (I only have problem with dangdut) but why can't RTM feature newer artists or musicians or at the very least have a good balance between the old and the new? The artists of yesterdecades have had their day already and are not really producing any new materials these days. Newer artists are the ones who are in a better position to provide "movement" in the somewhat stagnant local music industry 'cos like it or not, it's the younger population who'd be inclined to buy and listen to music rather than the senior people who'd be listening to music more for nostalgic reasons than anything else. Perhaps it's due to the fact that RTM is being run by senior people (I rather not use the term "old" here for reasons of political correctness :P) that we get these kinda things happening. It's not that we want to forget the past completely (if so, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole wouldn't be known today) but move on with the times! At least our neighbors Singapore and Indonesia are doing justice to newer/emerging artists by giving them ample exposure, hence we see more movement there than here in Malaysia. Help promote those in the now but create awareness of those in the past, not the other way around.

Still on the musical note (Heh! Geddit? Music - Note. No? Nemind... :P), I only managed to watch the second half of AIM 2003 last night. Definitely a much better show than last year's as far as performances and hosting by Afdlin Shauki and Bob Lokman are concerned. It's also good to see that newer talents are credited where it's due and more variety emerging from the local music industry. At least there's some progression and departure from the "blame-the-pirates" excuse that has been cited time and time again.


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First World Hardware, Third World Software (Piss Poor Part II)

26 April 2003 13:23

Pak Lah (our Deputy Prime Minister) mentioned the following in his keynote address to members of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia sometime last month:

"The way I see it, the malaise affecting Malaysia that may well jeopardise our way forward is a case of having First World infrastructure and Third World mentality. From poor execution and inept management to shoddy maintenance and appalling customer service, Malaysia is in danger of possessing the hardware, but little software.”
Something very poignant indeed which I'm sure will fall on deaf ears anyways (Malaysians generally don't like to hear negative things about themselves). Enough with the technology transfer for now, I reckon. What we *really* need at this moment is an Attitude Transfer.


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Piss Poor And Paying For It

25 April 2003 13:09

If there's one thing I cannot accept no matter what is having to pay for piss poor product or service. Isn't it ironic that you have to pay toll to use a road that is massively jammed and doesn't help you at all in expediting your journey? If it weren't for the presence of toll booths, roads like the LDP at Sunway would be smooth flowing 'cos it won't "bulge" in the middle (like 7 or 8 lanes to accomodate the toll booths) and then converge to 2 or 3 lanes in less than 500 meters. Knowing how Malaysian drivers are, you can bet it's gonna cause massive jams, especially during those rush hours. Civil engineers responsible for road design and construction oughtta learn a bit about the psychology of Malaysian drivers and take that into consideration when designing roads here in this country. Personally though, I'd rather abolish those darned Samy Vellu "chetti" houses.


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Tiny Tidyings

23 April 2003 11:11

You may have already noticed some changes on the sidebar of this website by now. Tidied up some of the links you see at the Linkages section to take out some "cobwebbed" sites and add a few more sites of friends that I regularly visit as well as those who have kindly linked my website from theirs (I don't owe you anything anymore right, Lyna? :P). Also added a link to the Gallery page (which has been featured before not too long ago) for your visual pleasure (or not!) and convinience (or not!).


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Groovin' Back

21 April 2003 15:33

Getting away from doing regular stuff usually does good to me most of the time. The trick is to be able to get back into groove at the right moment just so that one can get back with a fresh outlook whilst not caught being too laid back that you're not able to do much and subsequently lose touch doing stuff after that. That's the case with this website and I recently, I guess. I think I got away for a bit too long that I'm beginning to get lazy over it. Heh!

While we're on the subject of getting back into the groove, as some of you might know, I quit my job sometime end of last year and have been keeping quiet on that end since. Well, I *have* been up to "stuff" not too long after that in fact and I guess it won't be too long till I officially take the wraps off that. ;)

It also seems that Michael Schumacher (Ferarri) and brother Ralf (Williams BMW) are back into the winning groove themselves. Much respect to the both of them for being able to race exceptionally well today while coping with the loss of their mother the morning before the race.

Winding it down with Robert Palmer - She Makes My Day


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The General And The Major

10 April 2003 10:31

A friend of mine said this to me the other day: "Marriage is like the military: there's the General and the Major. Depending on who and how your significant other is, you will assume either rank. I thought I was well and good out of the QC (Queen Control) situation since I get to assume the role of the General and my wife as the Major in my household. But it ended up that she has the final say over everything anyway 'cos she will claim that everything within the household is a matter of major importance and none of it is general in nature."


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Real Madrid 3 - Manchester United 1

9 April 2003 20:37

'Nuff said! Bwahahahahahaaa!


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Crashes, Carnage, Chaos, Confusion at Interlagos

7 April 2003 19:56

I thought today's Formula 1 race was funny. We got a carnage of cars when several drivers aquaplaned and crashed out at turn 3 of the Interlagos circuit, including the rainmaster himself, Michael Schumacher (Ferarri). Those race marshalls stationed there certainly had a very busy day today as well as the Safety Car driver since it had to be deployed four times throughout today's race. The race had to be stopped several laps before the chequered flag (Heh! So much for "training" supermodel Gisele Bundchen on flag waving) as Fernando Alonso (Renault) ran into the debris left behind by Mark Webber (Jaguar), creating more chaos and carnage on the track. Final chaos ensued in the pits when the engine on one of the top three finishing cars belonging to Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan) caught fire. Then there was a confusion in determining today's champion as well before it was announced that Kimi Raikkonen (Mclaren Mercedes) emerged as today's race winner (that's two in a row already for Kimi) followed by Fisichella and Alonso in second and third respectively. Alonso wasn't present on the podium as he was being attended to after sustaining injuries from that final crash. We certainly COULD have used some incidents to spice things up a bit at Sepang two weeks ago. So what's in store at Imola a fortnight from now?


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