Okay. So I did get my weekend break somewhat, even though it was courtesy of Microsoft. We were whisked away to Avillion Village Resort in Port Dickson for a weekend summit. The tech & sales pitches were something you can't really get away from, but other than that, there were just good food and the really, really soothing ambience of being at a beach resort (see pictures). The water chalets we stayed in were really sweet. Nothing like sleeping to the sounds of waves crashing right underneath the chalets and late night code hacking (So it was kinda like a working weekend henceforth I was obliged to bring my laptop with me. Besides, I'm a geek :P) with no interruptions nor distractions. Potential honeymooners do take note of the four poster bed and the window day-bed that overlooks the sea (I'll leave it to your ever creative and imaginative minds to figure out things you can and oughtta do!) And before you know it, it was already Sunday afternoon and we had to head back to KL. Back to life, back to reality. Sigh.
Chilling to: Floetry - Say Yes
Lina had this geek moment going on in one of her classes recently.
(Warning: Geek humor ahead!)
We were in the Network Security
class and the subject of the lecture was cryptography when the
professor caught one of his students reading the newspaper.
"Excuse me sir, but if you want to read The Exponent
then I will have to ask you to leave the class."
In full confidence the student answered, "I'm sorry sir, but I was
looking at the 'cryptography' section and I thought this applies to what
we are learning today," (Note: The cryptography section is part of the
puzzles section in the newspaper along with the crosswords - both a hit
with the students during mundane lectures).
The rest of the class started to snicker at his remarks when the
professor smilingly continued, "And what kind of cryptography would
With a smug the student replied, "That would bestream cipher cryptography,
Acknowledging the student's wit, "That's right. You have a quick mind,
He let the student stay on till the end of the class.
Quick witted smart ass geek indeed!
This is what the Career Horoscopes For Geeks
had to say about Gemini geeks:
A shake-up in human resources may be in the works. An
irrational fear of losing the status quo could cause you to overreact and
burn a bridge. Don't do it -- you'll only end up hurting yourself. Try to
be patient and not take change personally, especially if things don't go
the way you want at the beginning of the month. Your problem-solving
and extraordinary organzational skills are about to pay off in a big way
monetarily. Focus on a creative solution for working around a
long-standing bottleneck and seek out a mentor who knows how to
implement your brilliant plan. Higher-ups will notice and everyone will
And this is what The Geek Horoscope
had to say of Geminis:
Emphasis is on romance this weekend until an Internet
outage brings your world crashing down. Be happy in your memories,
any attempts to track down Pseudogirl_145 can only end in disaster.
Great. Better off monetarily, yet still end up miserable. :(
Gotta stop doing things that I gotta do 'cos I hafta and do more things
that I gotta do 'cos I wanna. I'm doing less and less of the latter 'cos
there's been more and more of the former. I gotta be wary of the next
smartass who's giving out mauve pills instead of red and blue ones.
I become so dumb, all I do is stare
At that empty wall, at that empty chair
I am tired and pissed, all I wanna do
Is have time to chill and not smell like poo.
With apologies to Linkin Park.
Got to know about this from Felicia's website.
Now I know what my Chinese friends mean when they say "papaya farm".
Ladies oughtta perhaps find out the brand. I mean, why not? If it can
take THAT kinda load, it should be able to take on the load of less
heavy droopy swingers, right?
Over the past few years, I've been putting in 10-14 hour workdays
almost everyday with some weekends off. I don't know what winds my
clock but I do it anyways, day in and day out non-stop without question.
While it hasn't given me extreme wealth that I don't have to think twice
when it comes to getting stuff, it does take care of the obligatory bills
with some to spare for savings and some on the occasional personal
indulgences. But just like the tyres of a car, it gets worn with use. The
longer the distance you cover or the faster you drive the car or both,
the sooner the tyres get worn out. When it does wear out, it loses its
ability to function properly or worse, shit happens. Unlike the tyres of a
car though, the body isn't something that you can replace when it gets
worn out. The only thing one can do is to nurse it and make it
usable again. I haven't had any extended time off from the daily
grind since 1999 and I think it's high time that I do just that before I
crash and burn. If only other people would let me though. I know that
I shouldn't let other people dictate my personal time but I doubt I'd
be able to keep my mind off matters at hand when I'm taking those
time offs. Having a conscience can be a curse sometimes.
Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at?! When did this happen in the movie?!
Captain: Now. You're looking at now sir. Everything that's happens now, is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Captain: We passed that.
Dark Helmet: When?
Captain: Just now. We're at now now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to then!
Dark Helmet: Now!
Dark Helmet: Now!
Captain: I can't.
Dark Helmet: Why?
Caption: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When?!
Captain: Just now!
Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
Listen to the soundclip for best effect. Taken off the movie Spaceballs.
After 7 years sitting dormant on my hard disk, I have now decided to unleash the aural assault that is the Tak Makan Apa Lagi (Hey! Makan!) MP3 single. The song was done in a bout of spontaneity in the summer of 1996 at the 217-10, Sheetz St. apartment in West Lafayette, IN. Obviously, the "artistes" involved were running on empty tummies. ;)
Some production notes: Song produced by yours truly; Impromptu lyrics courtesy of Ti, Bart, Nino, and Jahang; Single cover photo featuring Md. Zin; Song contains samples from How Gee (as performed by Black Machine) and Anti-Lanun (from KRU's Ooh! La! La! album). Listen at your own risk. I'm not responsible for any bleeding eardrums, constipation, receding hairlines, or loss of sanity as a result of listening to it.
Do the usual right click and "Save as..." trick to download the MP3s.
Malaysia celebrates its 46th year of independence today. As usual, it's
celebrated with much pomp and splendor by people from all walks of
life all over the country. With all the years of independence behind us,
one would naturally be inclined to think that we have progressed and
moved forward in terms of inner development in tandem with whatever
things that are visible on the outside. So is it really?
I hate to be a wet blanket on a joyous day like this but if one were to
look at it, a lot of the things that we have are merely empty shells that
look pretty on the outside. We seem to revel in things that are
symbolic rather than those of substance. The sadder part is that it's
those symbolic things that get the accolades and recognition. Sure it is
all done in the spirit of Malaysia Boleh,
but is it something that we want the world to know us as? Wouldn't it be
better and more meaningful to strive for excellence in terms of having
the best and being the best in the world instead of making the
biggest/longest this and that all around? How about making our country
to be an even better place to live in for the benefit of all its citizens? I
think that would make a better patriotic endeavor. We still have a long
way to go as far as our mentality is concerned in my opinion. It is my
wish on Malaysia's 46th National Day to see its citizens strive for that in
the name of betterment for the country instead of pursuing dubious
recognition. Read up Royal Professor Ungku Aziz'sinterview with Mingguan Malaysia
today as well as his thoughts onMalay mentality.
Reflections aside, I'm pleased with how the new version of our national
anthem has turned out to be. Certainly better than the march version
before this which I personally thought was a joke. Datuk Wah Idris
certainly did a good job
in giving Negaraku
the grace and dignity it deserves. Let's hope that there won't be any
more fickle minded high ranking government officers who'd have itchy
ambitions to go changing it again in the future.
Anyhow, bad or good, I'm still proud to be her citizen. Happy Merdeka,
Listening to: Hazami - Tekad