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My December

1 January 2010 00:50

You'd think I'd let 2009 slip away without an entry for December, eh? With everything that went on throughout the year, I actually took a very long overdue break from everything during the whole month of December in my bid to fix the most difficult thing I've ever had to fix, i.e. myself. Rather than trying to find myself by going elsewhere, I actually did the opposite by going nowhere and did absolutely nothing but daily errands and reconnecting with people that matter, i.e. family and friends. I won't bore you with details of it but I'm thankful that I did manage to find that clarity I needed to get in touch with myself again (although I still remain untouched by anyone else). There was also a discovery of purpose that I really want to take further steps on but that's just tempting fate at this point in time. Trying to remind myself that good things do come to those who wait, though I don't think I want to wait too long that I'll miss the boat altogether now.

And so in just a few hours, 2010 will be upon us. You may go, 2009. I forgive you. I want to move on.

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links for 2009-11-30

1 December 2009 01:02
  • A 10-year Welsh study found that those who enjoyed an active sex life were 50 per cent less likely to have died during that time than those who did not.
  • Businesses continue to struggle on reasons to use Twitter. Here are several reasons why a company would want to use Twitter.
  • You done messed up, didn't you? You saw romantic ski trips and candle light dinners. You had visions of spooning with her naked on the couch. Ferris wheels, and canoodling on the boardwalk, lazy Sundays together, and gulp, introducing her to your parents... Didn't quite turn out that way, huh?
  • You’re independent, decent-looking and financially stable. You have lots to offer, yet you’re still single. If you can’t understand why you’ve not found the right person, maybe you’ve been guilty of the classic mistakes many singles make.
  • A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das, 42, CEO of SAP-Indian Subcontinent, the youngest CEO of an MNC in India. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died.

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Given An Hour To Live, An Hour To Love...

19 November 2009 03:11

If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly, and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for just one more.

If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would tape each word and action, and play them back throughout my days
If I knew it would be the last time, I would spare an extra minute or two,
To stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you know I do.

So, just in case tomorrow never comes, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never will forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.

So, if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss,
And you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,
That you love them very much, and you'll always hold them dear.
Take time to say "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "thank you" or "it's okay".
And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.

-- Tomorrow Never Comes by Norma Cornett Marek

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Now With Added Twitter Goodness!

17 November 2009 06:23

There are times when I feel guilty for not updating this weblog as often as I do those status updates on Facebook or Twitter. It's one thing stringing a few words together into a concise sentence that doesn't exceed the 140 character limit and one whole other thing putting together a few sentences into something meaningful and worthy enough for the reader to spend a few non-refundable minutes of his or her life reading it.

So being the geek I am, I quickly knocked up a piece of code to grab the last few updates from my Twitter account and have it displayed on the main page of this website. I initially toyed around with some of those ready-made Twitter widgets that you can just copy and paste the code over but the end result of it just made it seem so aesthetically wrong that it would've given the website self-esteem issues already with Twitter being on its turf. Besides, real geeks code, others rely on plug-ins.

With that out of the way, I'm gonna be sorting out MY own issues now.

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The 2010 Phuturestudio PC

9 November 2009 11:38

The PC I built back in 2005 that I've been using as my home studio computer died on me a couple of months back. It has served me well. With the motherboard dead, it meant that I had to gut out and perform a transplant on major parts of the machine. Looked up the Arstechnica's System Guide for Budget Box and ended up with the following:

  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L motherboard
  • Intel Core2Quad Q8400 CPU
  • 4x 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 RAM (that's 8GB RAM yo!)
  • ATI Radeon HD4850 graphics card

It's not really orgasm inducing or top of the line by today's standards for sure but at just slightly over RM1,500 it's beefy enough to run my favorite piece of software on top of the usual everyday computing stuff for the next few years. Hopefully the 64-bit Windows 7 OS that I'll be using for this machine will restore my trust in Microsoft and make the money spent for a properly licensed copy worth it after the horrible wreck that was Vista.

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It's Just A Phone

21 October 2009 00:50

I got a few distressed reactions over the last entry on my cracked iPhone. It's quite amazing how much cardiac arrest you can induce onto other people just by showing it in the flesh. So much so that I started doing that for grins and giggles. No one died though. (Damn!)

Which brings me to this point: Folks, it's just a phone! Albeit an expensive phone but still, IT'S JUST A PHONE! I'm not saying this out of denial just to comfort myself because when you think about it, one day twenty years from now, I'll probably have kids who will wreck things that are far bigger and more expensive. So in the larger scheme of things, getting my iPhone cracked ain't that bad.

And just so you know, I got the front panel fixed already over the weekend. I want to give props and shoutout to the CSL guys at The Mines who got it fixed at a fraction of the price and time that Maxis quoted (1/3 of the price and in a day and a half to be exact). Sure, my iPhone is void of its original warranty, but at least I didn't have to wait that long to get my phone back.

Too bad, Maxis. But you seem to be just another phone company who couldn't care less about your own customers.

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The Cracked iPhone

17 October 2009 03:05

You might want to sit down for this. In fact, if you can't stomach the sight of a damaged piece of expensive electronics, you might want to skip this entry altogether.

My bad week last week culminated in my iPhone getting cracked. When I say crack, I don't mean it in the jailbreak sense. Take a look for yourself. You have been warned.

Please don't ask me how it happened. I just wished they'd make these things less fragile than a freshly circumcised penis in the first place. The fact that Maxis wants to charge a repair fee of RM1,050 with a MINIMUM waiting time of a month and a half just rubs it further. The stuff still works fine though. But instead of having your fingers glide over the glass surface like a baby's bottom, it now feels like you're navigating around granny's wrinkled ass that might just make a lot of mess if you apply too much pressure.

I think I know what a heart attack feels like now.

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Mamma Mia Love Story

30 September 2009 12:34

Ever since I first heard Taylor Swift's Love Story, my mind just can't help going off on ABBA's Mamma Mia right after the chorus and it's been bugging me since. I suppose that's what happens to you when you grow up during ABBA's era (can somebody say therapy?). So after managing to source for the respective instrumental and acapella tracks, I managed to put this mash together. I used Mamma Mia from Mamma Mia: The Movie Soundtrack sung by Meryl Streep instead for this one. It's nowhere as epic as John Schmidt's Love Story Meets Vida La Vida (which he has since pulled down from his site due to clearance issues) but if you can imagine Taylor Swift and a bunch of pixies tippy-toeing on the meadow in spring to this song in a music video, I think it's almost there.

Oh, by the way, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and Imma let you finish... but ABBA had the best track of all time!

Download: Taylor Swift Vs. Abba - Mamma Mia Love Story

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I'm Not A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Jail!

14 September 2009 18:38

In a break from the crazy normalcy that I've been having, I had to make a court appearance this morning for not having enough cash to bribe the cop a traffic violation a couple of weeks back. So I pleaded guilty to the charge and lo and behold. I did not have enough cash to pay for the summons at the court. The next 30 minutes was probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me on a Monday: I got temporarily locked up in a cell before Shazee bailed me out. I want to feel all gangsta about it but then I remembered Nicole Richie spending 83 minutes behind bars and Khloe Kardashian got locked up for 173 minutes so my time behind bars pales in comparison to theirs. Heck, even the biggest nerd on the planet, Bill Gates was behind bars for a couple of hours before being bailed.

On the other hand, I'm happy to report that I'm still a virgin after my 30 minute ordeal but sad at the same time because I still haven't gotten laid at this age.

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Here's To The Crazy Ones

5 September 2009 20:14

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Steve Jobs

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