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The Passionate Programmer's Manifesto

24 September 2006 07:24

We are passionate, we are coders, we are hackers and we are artists. We are oversold on corporate opportunities, and are belittled in our reviews as poor communicators, nerds, and egotists. But we are the ones that change the world. We are the ones that make your life easier. We are the ones that devise ways for you to bring your family and friends closer, simply because we thought it would be fun to do so.

More at: The Passionate Programmer's Manifesto

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Re-brokeback'd

21 September 2006 16:01

Same story, different cast. Ayah was involved in a car accident when he crashed Mama's car into another somewhere in Shah Alam yesterday afternoon. Thankfully he's alright although he's feeling some slight discomfort on his chest from the impact. Once again, we're amazed at the efficiency of the police force when we went to the station to file a report. It took a whole hour after waiting for their lunchtime to be over, no less than 5 officers when there was absolutely no queue and RM4 to have another piece of printed paper bearing a stamp that took another 2 officers to prepare. For a moment there, it did feel like I got bitchslapped back to the 70s with their deft demonstration of "many underpaid hands make light work". Thank god they had 3 computers to help them with that reprint too. Heaven knows it might have taken them days had one of those things broke down.

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Getting A Grip On Fate

19 September 2006 15:53

I like to think that we have more control in life than we think and that every action has a reaction. Of course, despite our best efforts, things may still not always work out the way we'd hoped. Still, with so much of life left up to chance, we just can't help but to look back and wonder sometimes, what if things had been different? More often than not, it's the "what ifs" that can hurt the most when you start reflecting on things. That's why try to do as much as you can while you can. Don't make yourself ponder in 20-30 years' time and say, "why the hell didn't I do that last time?" Take chances. Take risks. Things may or may not work out exactly the way you expect it to be. Fate can be on your side sometimes, and there are times you'll be sealing your own fate. If you're a Muslim, I'm sure you know that one must Believe in Divine Destiny along with the others in the Six Articles of Belief. In the end, you just have to trust that whatever's supposed to happen will happen. Good or bad. Better or worse. But don't let that stop you from trying and most importantly, LEARNING from the experience. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow puts it, "Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear."

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The Incredible Epiphany Machine

5 September 2006 15:20

Here now is what I call my epiphany machine. It's made of porcelain. I sit down on it and take stock of my life (or write deep weblog entries). I can have major epiphanies on the one shown below. There may be others out there that are similiar but it's just not possible to do any soul-searching on those crappers 'cos they're typically germ-infested to the brim. Even if they're clean, there's no guarantee that it will elicit any epiphanies (or bowel movements) like right now when I'm out of town. The unfamiliar "feel" of it at this abode away from home will most likely cause a little bit of verbal constipation on this weblog in the coming few days. But that's not so much of a worry as the possible lack of bowel movements though and I doubt any amount of toilet revolution is gonna help too.

Epiphany Machine

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I Really Should've Learned To Ride The Motorcycle

2 September 2006 10:29

Unlike many other Malay males, I am rather ashamed to admit that I am one of those few who do not know how to ride a motorcycle. After mastering the bicycle (it was my main form of transportation through college), I went on and learnt to drive the caged four wheeler, skipping the motorcycle altogether. I never really thought that it has its consequences until lately. Apparently, Putra UMNO has taken the Mat Rempits under their wings and rebranded them as Mat Cemerlangs. According to Putera UMNO's head Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, the "Mat Cemerlangs are the nation's biggest assets" and are actually a misunderstood lot as well as "having the potential and excellence to become the leaders of tomorrow".

So I had it all wrong. I didn't actually need to slog through school, college, uni, etc. with lessons, lectures, books, exams, etc. only to end up as a single wage slave bachelor struggling my way through to pay the bills for the rest of my life when I could have made untold riches, have women gawk at me in admiration and pleasure me at my will, be recognized as the country's asset and future leader, all by being less of a political fencesitter and getting myself a Lesen Memandu Kelas B2. Oh wait. Those Mat Cemerlangs don't even need to have a legit license too, do they?

On that note, Happy Merdeka, yo!

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Whose Wet Pants Are Those Anyway?

30 August 2006 14:22

YouTube is fast making my TV set a redundant household item already. With it, I can now watch Whose Line Is It Anyway without having to wait for it to come on air. I can even choose to watch some of the best moments of the show like when they played the Two Line Vocabulary game, did Film Noir or when Wayne Brady sang to a lunch lady in the style of a Strip-o-gram singer. Occasionally they have guests such as Richard Simmons or Robin Williams on the show. Things can get rather sexual too like whenColin Mochrie grabbed everybody's privates. With so much spontaniety going on, bloopers are bound to happen like when they were performing in the style of The Village People as when they did the Irish Drinking Song or the ultimate, exposing a female audience's underwear! Even accidents are not spared like the time when Ryan Stiles did Carol Channing.

Of course, stuff like that is best experienced yourself in a live setting. And what better way to do so than at thecoming Actorlympics featuring some of the best talents on this side of the planet. Yours truly was once sat on by Afdlin Shauki and not to mention sexually taken advantage of by Ida Nerina and Edwin Sumun as you can see in our onstage rompthe karaoke music video game played during the show. So I ask myself now, do I dare get myself molested again, punk?

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Five And Alive

28 August 2006 09:14

Cybersonique-dot-Org turns five today. If that isn't commitment, I don't know what is. I would have liked today be declared a public holiday but since it's already an off day, this will have to make do until the day comes when I (or this weblog at least) am famous enough to actually declare a public holiday. Meanwhile, it conjunction with this website's fifth anniversary, I have put up a page where you can find all my audio work, be it mix sets, remixes, scribblings, etc. etc., including my recent remix of Jaclyn Victor's Cepat Cepat (I'm In A Hurry Remix). It's probably going to blow my monthly data transfer quota of out of the water but I'm going to go out on a limb and just do it anyways. Take note however, that I shall not assume responsibility for any damaged auditory receptors, nerve endings, brain neurons, etc. as a result of listening to them. Otherwise, enjoy. Happy fifth once again, Cybersonique-dot-Org!

[mp3:cepatcepat(inahurryremix).mp3]

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Rules And Roadblocks

23 August 2006 16:08

Sometimes we forget that rules are there for a reason. Other times, you just want to forget about those rules, throw them out of the window and trust that everything's gonna be okay. Like when there's something you know you can do and your mind keeps throwing up roadblocks, it helps to know that you can always drive right through 'em.

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Life Does Not Necessarily Need To Be Weblogged All The Time

21 August 2006 17:11

There really hasn't been much action on my front of late that would warrant worthy entries on this website. Hence, unlike past years, this years' entries have been rather slow to come. Going through the same routine day in day out has reduced the ability of this tetherball above my shoulders called a head to squeeze even one eloquent thought out, even if my life was on the line. So trust me, people. When there aren't any entries, I'm actually doing you guys a favor.

Perhaps things might just look up for the better after the purported Malaysian wedding of the year so that we can all move right along with our lives.

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Delta Juliet Onboard Bravo Lima Victor With Juliet Foxtrot Kilo

13 August 2006 15:18

Several months ago, I went on air (radio) with JFK via XfreshFM's Xtended Play. Today, I took to the air (plane) with the dude over the Klang Valley airspace onboard 9M-BLV. He's been pestering me to go fly with him ever since he got his lesen terbang. Today's flight had us hovering around 1,500 feet in a Cessna 172 aircraft over Subang, Port Klang, Pulau Ketam, PJ, KL, Batu Caves before we landed back in Subang. The haze was a bit in the way of our view but the flight conditions with the busy traffic (See? It's not confined to our roads only. It's a KL thing), air pockets (love 'em!), bad transponder, a newbie female air traffic controller (who sounded like a hot chick but I'm pretty sure is a mak-chick) made up for the lack of in-flight entertainment. Here I have pictures on-board 9M-BLV while JFK has a post-flight video of it. Another day, another experience.

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