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The Kid Is Alright

29 May 2003 23:52

Sometime in mid 1974, a husband and wife pair got real horny one night and nine months later on the evening of May 29, 1975, a baby boy was born. According to some almanac, that was the day Bob Hope celebrated his 72nd birthday. Not that the kid will eventually become like Bob Hope when he grows up. If John F. Kennedy were still alive that day, he would have celebrated his 58th birthday. No, the kid did not turn out to become like John F. Kennedy either. Okay then, closer to home, two years prior to that day, Tan Sri P. Ramlee, passed away. Nope, absolutely nothing in common with him. And the kid didn't grow up to be another national badminton player like Razif Sidek either. So what's the point then? Absolutely nothing really. The kid went off tangent a tad since he dropped himself on the head as a child and remained off tangent ever since. He's thankful that he's still able to see the living daylights till today though.

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Does It Matter Where It Matters?

23 May 2003 15:04

Despite the advances that our country has made in terms of having the tallest this, the biggest that, the canggih-est apa-namas, etc., we, the people as a whole, have not progressed much and in fact, dare I say, regressed. The achievements made so far merely serve as beautiful shells to empty or ugly innards that hides our lackadaisical attitude and lack of civility. Where's the value of having the world's tallest building but yet having trouble keeping its toilets clean? Our Putra LRT is reputedly the world's longest, fully automated light rail transport system but we still have commuters pushing and shoving their way in with no regards at all to the elderly or pregnant during those rush hours. Service providers can take pride in the number of subscribers they have attained but do they really make the numbers when it comes to customer satisfaction? Even at the basics, we are building more smart homes now but can we really enjoy truly clean, odorless, colorless water supply coming into our taps without having to install those additional filters? Our Deputy Prime Minister diagnosed it spot on not too long ago:First world infrastructure, third world mentality. Have we come to a point where we have become a bunch of people who are concerned of losing out and losing face at things that only possess little face value? Some of the developed countries in the world do not even possess the latest, greatest thingamagics in the world but yet, they're much orderly, civilized and advanced when it comes to things that are fundamental in the day to day stuff where it matters most. Progress would have a more significant and relevant meaning if the quality and standards of its people improve in tandem with their advancements in skills and aptitude to build those state of the art whatchamacallits.

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Geek Worship

21 May 2003 18:48

Wired interviews John Carmack and John Gaeta, both technical geniuses whom I look up to and have great admiration for.

And Poodle Hat is released! The opening track, Couch Potato, (audio stream available here) which parodies Eminem's "Lose Yourself" is already cracking me up good at this hour! Shame that Em's denied Al from directing an accompanying parody music video.

Update (12:02pm): The lyrics to the parodied songs have finally been posted. There's Trash Day parodying Nelly's Hot In Herre, A Complicated Song spoofing Avril Lavigne's Complicated, eBay from Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way. Finally there's the obligatoryAngry White Boy Polka medley. I want this album!

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Screamyx Stuckages And Suckages

21 May 2003 06:23

Using Screamyx is like having an online equivalent of kidney stones really (it's still not out yet, by the way). I don't know about the rest, but I've been consistently getting stuck download sessions on all the machines I have in my house. Like hapless others, I can only scream, shout and rant but it will all be in vain and I'll still have to pay for the subscription at the end of the month. I can never do a full CVSUP session (to update the source and port trees) or a proper port install on my FreeBSD running laptop and God forbid that I even attempt to do anyWindowsUpdate. A quick ping to JARING yields an average response time of 630ms, double the response time if I were to dialup to JARING and ping to anode in the US (a server at my alma mater). If only the government doesn't have that much stake in Telekom so as to break its monopoly in the market and give them (Telekom) a run for their money. They could also cut down on their Siti Nurhaliza promos. Those horny old gits sitting at the top of Telekom's management should really try getting their spending priorities right.

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Going Loopy Infinitely

20 May 2003 10:53

Should there be a "right time" to do any particular thing? In the past, I've been known to do things out of spontaneity and I couldn't care less whether the timing was right or otherwise, but of late, I find myself doing less and less of that. Things are getting too predictable these days and I really could use some kinda distraction. No, I don't need a vacation nor do I want any big changes. Just something to throw me off this loop I'm in.

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Selamat Pengantin Baru: Suria & Hadi

18 May 2003 14:57

Many congratulations to Suria and Hadi on their tying the knot at Purdue University today (tonight in Malaysia). Make it good the both of you! Sorry can't be there at this time on this joyous occassion of yours but I'll be sure to claim the nasi minyak when you guys come back briefly this summer! ;)

Now playing: Frou Frou - It's Good To Be In Love (On Su's recommendation!) ;)

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Internal Plumbing Problems

18 May 2003 02:51

Hmm. That tooth extrication thingy didn't turn out to be much of a big deal after all (the pain went away in the morning after and I was happily eating nasi lemak for breakfast!). But something else came up. Back in 1999, I had my first case of kidney stones. Since then, there has been two other occurences in 2000 and 2001. I don't know what gives, but my water intake has been like two bottles of water from the 1.5L sized bottles everyday at the very least, I don't eat much meat if at all (only on occassions like weddings or thanksgiving kenduris) all this while. Yet, I'm getting another occurence of it right now. It's been two days I've been dealing with this cramping pain on my left side and back that's been happening on and off at various times of the day, especially in the wee hours of the morning till noon. It's still making its way down to the bladder and it's the most painful phase. Once it's in the bladder, it'll be much of a relief then. I passed out two stones the size of two rice before so at least I won't have to worry about any case of a "pebble stuck in the garden hose" so to speak. Clean pipes at the end of this ordeal. I hope.

The timing couldn't be any better though. Missed the chance to catchThe Matrix: Reloaded. I'm gonna shove that kidney stone up anyone's urinary tract if anyone ever comes close to spoiling it for me. Then again, perhaps a showing of that movie is just what I need right now. Spoonfork says he wetted his pants watching it. Perfect solution to my current predicament really.

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One Tooth Less And In Need Of Novocaine

14 May 2003 17:43

Just got that problematic wisdom tooth extricated earlier tonight and I'm wide awake from the throbbing pain now. Good thing this week is a rather short week since today and tomorrow is a public holiday. This is the first time that I won't be working on a public holiday. Heck. I might take Friday off even. Imagine that. My first official day off. Whoo!

Listening to: Weird Al Yankovic - Cavity Search

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Rebuilding World

13 May 2003 16:15

Got the ISO. Installed it on GILOSH. Tweaked the make.conf file. Downloaded the latest ports collection. Make install clean cvsup-without-gui. CVSup'ed src, ports and doc. World is being rebuilt as I'm typing this. Whee.

Update (05/13 @ 0100 hrs): How can that selfish, spoilt, swimsuit model Jenna win??

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Happy Momma's Day

11 May 2003 19:57

My momma so dope, she passed the dope test with flying colors! Happy Momma's Day, Mama and all other Mommas (real mommas, big mommas, hothoochimommas, etc. etc.) out there!

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