Saturday, April 30, 2005

Star Wars Revelations.

Now now... George Lucas is NOT releasing 2 Star Wars movie this summer to bleed us dry. Star Wars Revelations is made by a fan.

Good news, Star Wars buffs. There's a new movie out this spring—and it isn't by George Lucas. The 40-minute, fan-made Star Wars Revelations cost a mere $20,000. It's also just as good as—and often quite better than—the cringe-inducing Star Wars movies of recent years. Indeed, it's so artistically successful that it suggests a radical idea: Maybe Lucas should step aside and let the fans take over.

-- "May the Force Be With You, And You, And You...", Clive Thompson, Slate Magazine

Read all about it, here.

Wow.... I'm not sure if it's really good but since it's FREE and you get to download the file (only 250mb) without fearing a lawsuit smacking you left, right and center, DO download it and see for yourselves. I mean, if it's bad you can just delete it and whine about lost time at the very most. BUT if it's goooooood, you'll be patting your own back for taking a chance.

We are such suckers for free legal (sometimes otherwise) downloadable materials.

You can download the movie, here.

Well if you are one of those lucky sods who have a PSP, you can download the movie in PSP MP4 format on the same site too. The people at Panic Struck Productions simply has far too much time, I reckon. The movie poster looks really urm, shoddy. Or rather crappy. Somehow the Rosie O'Donnell looking woman in the background is giving me the creeps.

Star Wars and Rosie O'Donnel do not go well together. Seriously.

I haven't watch the movie yet because I'm still downloading it. So, no comments there.

Enjoy the weekend!



Wednesday, April 27, 2005

No Newspapers No More.

No newspaper! Do it the garang guni man way. "No newspaper!!"

I just have to add that in. For kicks.

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I haven't been reading the Singapore online newspaper for ages because I can no longer access The Straits Times since they impose a monthly online subscription.

Can't read the forums and laugh, can't read the weekly columns and can't update myself with more news on which carpark is the most expensive in Singapore anymore. Ahh... Those were the days. *wipes tear and looks up into the sky and reminisce some more*

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Ok I made up the last one about expensive carparks. But seriously, the forums are hilarious. People write in to bitch about the waiter who failed to serve them promptly, and to "counter" (read this while doing the finger-quoting action) another reader who said something AGAINST the country and its latest law. Really. These people are soooo self righteous and pro-government, I'm not sure if God has the power to turn them away when they show up at the pearly gates as non-Christians. I'm sure that if He does turn them away, they will bitch till Hell freezes over and Satan/Hades will beg God to take them in to stop the ruckus.

There we go.

Anyway I found out that ChannelNewsAsia provides online news but I don't find the stuff as entertaining as The Straits Times. CNA is quite wily too, because some of the stuff are actually premium content and only people who pay can access. *Rolls eyes* Maybe it takes time to get used to. I'm not really sure.

On another note, I find Slate magazine weirdly entertaining because they have articles with headings like



Who Counts the World's Icebergs?And why don't they count the "bergy bits"?



It would be something close to what I am wondering about. I mean, the tone of it... It's uncanny. And the word "bergy". I like the article already.

Another interesting article



The Pope's Gag Order



I mean, the first thing that comes to my mind is, "Whoa what has the new guy done to be slapped with a gag order?! He's the biggest and most powerful guy next to the Big Catholic Guy (BCG) up there. If the BCG comes to Earth then BCG would trump Pope guy hands down. No questions ask. Who has the nerve to make that guy shut up?"

In case you don't know, the current Pope is a new guy because the previous one went to be with the BCG and they finished the papal election in record time. Oh his name, Pope Benedict XVI formerly known as Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany. I know my current affairs and whatnot.

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Anyway it turns out that the new guy has not been slapped with a gag order. He, and another guy, placed one on all catholic bishops to zip up on the sexual abuse by the clergy for 10 years while they carry out their own "investigation".



The pope's gag order: In 2001, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger "issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret," the Observer of London reported Sunday. The letter by the future pope, composed jointly with Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone and sent to every Catholic bishop, "asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood."



Hmm... how come I don't see such a thing happening for Michael Jackson's case? I mean, MJ and his chimp buddy, Bubbles can investigate for 10 years if MJ really did molest those boys before telling anyone, right?

So a Roman Catholic religious body has the ABILITY/RIGHT to conceal abuse from the legal authorities? I don't get it. How come I don't see Buddhist, or the Kabbalah people with their hipper-than-thou red strings campaigning for that?

Anyway I like reading, with the exception of textbooks and certain boring magazines. I hate textbooks because I think textbook writers and the university (or any schools) all over the globe are in cahoots to screw us students over.

No doubt they have to write about difficult topics and subjects like "Amplitude Modulation" but why can't they just give it to us in plain simple English? You can put it in such a way that you don't lose your audience, ie. the students, somewhere at the 4th word of the first sentence.

Please use simple non-technical English while writing. Explain to people what EXACTLY is going on before you sum up the entire process as "modulation". Same goes for biology. Telling people that the heart has 2 ventricles is not enough. Seriously. Who the f**k knows what the hell that is?! Explain what a ventricle is before you bog down the reader with incomprehensible techy/medical mumbo jumbo.

I think textbook writers are doing this on purpose to boost their ego for knowing difficult technical words. Showoff.





Bushisms.

It is known that Bush is not the sharpest tool in the shed. He has an IQ of 91. But to continuously churn out gems like this, I'm gobsmacked. Hahaha...



"Part of the facts is understanding we have a problem, and part of the facts is what you're going to do about it." —Kirtland, Ohio, April 15, 2005


"We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an
environmental challenge." —Washington, D.C., April 20, 2005

Does he know what he is talking about!?

Read all about the man's "wit and wisdom" here at The Complete Bushisms.

I salute Jacob Weisberg at Slate magazine for tracking them down.





Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Jeux d'enfants.

I guess I have been sort of neglecting my blog. Well it has a lot to do with the fact that I was so smug about blogging thrice a day that I decided to cool off a bit. ANYWAY nothing much happened since then, except the fact that

i) I had a major MATLAB assignment to do
ii) I whined about (i) to anyone that would hear about it
iii) I helped my bro at his MATLAB assignment
iv) I got stuck at HIS assignment
v) I totally told everyone how much I loved the "legendary"* red shoes
vii) I attended a friend's convocation
viii) I watched a cool and heartwarming (in my honest opinion) movie.

Well, (i) gave me much much unwarranted grief that I complained/whined to my friend continuously, which gave rise to (ii). And since I told everyone about my love for this particular pair of red shoes (see item (iv)), he knew about this pointless infatuation too.

He totally wrote a Cinderella story with all this thrown in. Of course, being a new age Cinderella story, there's no happy ending and all names are withheld to protect the privacy of the people the story was inspired from.

Apparently, a lot of people left comments for THAT PARTICULAR POST.

THAT'S MY STORY OK!!! Very funny, ah? Basssssket.

Anyway... friend's convocation was fun. Took photos and everything. Wore the hat too. Ok.. I don't know what that thing is called, but you wear that for graduation. (Just back from googl-ing [google (n.) the search engine. google (v.) the action of searching a keyword(s) using Google] and apparently, most people call that thing a graduation cap or hat. So I guess I was right..) Hmm... feel damn smug again for making up that google dictionary-esque thingy again. Cheap thrill man.... Anyway it's a bittersweet feeling wearing the hat because I'm not the one graduating, but someday I will.


Ha-di-ha-ha. Take that, you stupid faculty.

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Ok, moving on! Jeux d'Enfants. Otherwise known as "Love me if you dare". Actually that's not the literal translation for the name of the movie.





It's something different from your conventional romance "when-harry-met-sally-or-any-other-meg-ryan-sweet-like-no-tomorrow" movie. Gawd I like to make up new description or word. Just string up a bunch of words and add hyphens in the middle. Voila! You get something new. Speaking of the word "voila", I hate it when people spell it wrong. I mean, it's "Voila!" and not "Viola!" for crying out loud. It's not a freaking instrument!

Ok, I digress. No more rage and going off tangent.

Jeux d'Enfants. Wow.. when 2 strongheaded kids befriended each other, they started a game. Each similar to the other, both were proud and unwilling to lose out to the other. They dared each other to do ridiculous stuff. So much so that they didn't really trust what the other party was saying anymore. "Is it a dare? Or are you speaking the truth? After all these years can I trust you?" that kinda thing.

In short, they wasted many many many years trying to spite each other and outdo each other. If only they were willing to put down their pride and let down their guards. Well, eventually... You watch it yourself lah. A very painful and quirky love story.

Sigh... I really love the movie. The games they played bring back so much memories. I'm so going to get the dvd and soundtrack.



You can check it out here, http://www.marsdistribution.com/site/jeux/main.htm


* a private joke. Things that have been mentioned at great lengths are bestowed with the title, "legendary".



Monday, April 11, 2005

Superman.

Remember I mentioned something about not being able to post an entry because of "technical difficulties"? This is IT!!! Well I was in town on Saturday and apparently, the city council of Sydney decided to close off York Street near Wynyard Station because they were bloody filming Superman there!

I didn't know that until the bus went past and I saw "The Daily Planet" sticker on one of those news truck. I went, "Isn't the "Daily Planet" where Lois Lane and Superman worked? Hmmmmm.... HANG ON A SEC. Haven't I heard they are filming Superman before? ARE THEY FILMING RIGHT THERE ON THE BLOODY STREET!?"

That's when I decided to hop off the bus (4 stops ahead of mine) to go kaypoh around and gawk. I saw the costumes and makeup trailers (the doors were open) but I couldn't snap away cuz burly security guards were standing there. Didn't see Kate Bosworth too. Was half hoping to be employed on the spot to be some extras... didn't happen. *pouts*

Anyway I took some pix with Victor's phone and the quality sucked. Nevertheless I present to you, the Superman film set.




See the huge crane and that giant board they suspended over the park? Apparently it was for some lighting purposes...




see the yellow nyc cab? It's in Sydney outside Wynyard station.




Apparently filming some scenes.. I heard they were doing a hospital scene though.

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I know it's nothing spectacular and you probably can't see the details anyway. But what the heck.. I'm just excited. And I discover this trend.

They sure like to make movies on the streets of Sydney. Especially the Wynyard/Martin Place stretch. They filmed the Matrix here too, in case you dunno.

Remember in "Matrix", i.e. the very first one when Neo was training in a simulated world? He was walking among a sea of pedestrians clad in black suits when a beautiful blond in a red dress walked past, with this water feature behind. THAT was done at Martin Place.

Trinity flying the chopper with Neo hanging onto a cable? That's Wynyard.

In "Matrix Revolutions", when Lathi (the indian girl) woke up on the street after the Neo/Smith fight? That's Martin Place too. Right outside the Emporio Armani megastore.

*grinz*


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This is not part of the Superman set. Just an artsy fartsy picture I took on the bus while crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge..




Cashflow.

Did I mention that I'm broke? No? I officially declare that I'm dead BROKE.

I've decided to add something to the side panel to record the stuff I buy every month. Then I can look back and bloody curse myself for spending on useless stuff. It may bring out the self control in me that I have suppressed to the deepest darkest corner of my very being. C'mon, it would be ridiculous to see "Shoes" appear repeatedly on the same list over the same month, wouldn't it? So for the sake of NOT embarassing myself, I would exert SELF CONTROL.

Oh did I mention I'm currently going thru a British phase? After watching Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (bloody hilarious) I am once AGAIN in love with Colin Firth. I know he's not actually handsome and stuff, but there's just something about him. Same goes for Liam Neeson... Gawd... ANYWAY..... Actually I would really want to move to London for various reasons. It would be fab to stay there.

And one thing, I am somewhat of a Bridget Jones' character. No.. I'm not pudgy, or a chain smoker, or a journalist. It's just that we both have this tendency to have weird scenarios going through our heads. Like an inner monologue.. A fantasist. Just a peculiar similarity I'd like to point out.



Sunday, April 10, 2005

Quiz II.

Your dating personality profile:

Stylish - You do not lack for fashion sense. Style matters. You wouldn't want to be seen with someone who doesn't care about his appearance.

Liberal - Politics matters to you, and you aren't afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.

Athletic - Physical fitness is one of your priorities. You find the time to work athletic pursuits into your schedule. You enjoy being active.

Your date match profile:

Athletic - You aren't looking for a couch potato. You seek someone who is active and who keeps his body in top shape.

Adventurous - You are looking for someone who is willing to try new things and experience life to its fullest. You need a companion who encourages you to take risks and do exciting things.

Stylish - You cannot put up with someone who is lacking in style. You want an original, someone with flare, someone with good taste.

Your Top Ten Traits

1. Stylish
2. Liberal
3. Athletic
4. Adventurous
5. Big-Hearted
6. Funny
7. Intellectual
8. Wealthy/Ambitious
9. Sensual
10. Outgoing
Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Athletic
2. Adventurous
3. Stylish
4. Practical
5. Conservative
6. Wealthy/Ambitious
7. Intellectual
8. Big-Hearted
9. Outgoing
10. Traditional


Take the Online Dating Personality Quiz!

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Personality Disorder Test.... From the results, I look like a nutcase on the loose. What the heck...

Disorder Rating
Paranoid Disorder:High
Schizoid Disorder:Moderate
Schizotypal Disorder:High
Antisocial Disorder:Moderate
Borderline Disorder:Moderate
Histrionic Disorder:High
Narcissistic Disorder:High
Avoidant Disorder:High
Dependent Disorder:High
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:High



Take the Personality Disorder Test!


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I know this is another quiz and I could have put this with the designer quiz thingy together... but hell no. A designer clothing quiz deserves its very own post, don't you agree????

Hahahaha... the twisted rationale behind the things I do.





Designer shops.

You scored as Tommy Hilfiger.


Tommy Hilfiger

92%

Gucci

83%

Louis Vuitton

75%

Diesel

75%

Chanel

67%

DKNY

67%

Burberry

67%

Abercrombie & Fitch

67%

Anna Sui

58%

Dior

58%


What Designer Brand Are You?


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I hate to sound all superficial, shallow and ditzy but.. does that mean I've been shopping at the wrong shops? Tommy Hilfiger's stuff totally doesn't suit me at all!! I don't even fancy Diesel. *groooanssss*

Oh, I saw something pretty cool (in my opinion) yesterday on the streets of Sydney. I can't exactly post that article yet cuz I can't seem to transfer the pix from my cellphone to my notebook. Until the "technical difficulties" get sorted out. Blah..


Friday, April 08, 2005

Movies.





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Once again I've failed abysmally at this photo/picture thing.

A couple of movies I wanna plug. I watched them quite some time ago on my flights to the States and Sydney... They are pretty good, and quirky. My kinda flicks. ;)

Without further ado,

1) RRRrrrr!!!
This is a French movie and the title is goddamn funny. It goes like a roar of some sorts and the movie is set in prehistoric times. You have to see it to laugh at how ridiculous the plot is. It's about the rivalry between 2 tribes, because one had discovered the secret formula to shampoo for long shiny silky locks and refused to trade with the opposite tribe. Which was the sole reason for the rivalry. It's sooooo freakin ridiculous that you can't help but laugh like you've gone mad. It's not your typical American toilet humour... more of Stephen Chow's boliao-ness in French. Try to watch it if you can find it. Slapstick comedic gem.

The movie's official site. http://www.marsdistribution.com/site/rrrrrrr/index.htm Might help if you know French. *winks*

2) Ricordati di Me
An Italian movie. A bit more of a drama than romance. A typical family of four, with everyone trying to shed their burdens and 'failures' to become the person they want to be. Dad is frustrated with family, a novelist who has troubles both in office and the family with no one who really has the time or puts in the effort to listen to him. Mom is a housewife, who was once an actress and but gave up her dream to be with her family. Everyone thinks she's no good or rather, she has no talents and should just focus on her family. Daughter is 18 and dreams of hitting it big by becoming a tv personality. Son is 19, and has no directions in life and desperately trying to fit in.

Anyway it shows the struggles, pain and the length everyone goes to prove that he/she is worth something. Not your soppy kinda movies... it makes you think real hard though.

http://www.medusa.it/ricordatidime/

3) The Heart of Me
This one is a Hollywood thing if I'm not wrong... not a major blockbuster.. more of an independent movie. It's a drama about this man having an affair with his wife's sister. Ok.. it sounds sordid but really, it's more about exploring the strain on the sisters' relationships, and the relationship between husband-wife-sister. Complicated and heart wrenching. This movie may not be be appealing to the guys.

http://www.popmatters.com/film/reviews/h/heart-of-me.shtml

4) Garden State
Now, I have this dvd... and Zach Braff is good. I have always liked him in Scrubs. It's a pity that they are not showing Scrubs on tv cuz it's real good. This is a movie about a couple of whack-jobs who go ga-ga for one another. Natalie Portman is in this one.

www2.foxsearchlight.com/gardenstate/

5) Leak
A german movie. It’s a little like “Training Day”, but with more human emotions involved. I think Training Day got something from this movie, I’m not sure. It’s just a general feeling.


Thursday, April 07, 2005

Attempt.

I've tried to be CREATIVE and post my entry as a picture instead of plain HTML text. But look at what happened...




It's too DAMN SMALL to read anything. Now I have to paste everything below so you can read what I've just typed. Grrrrrrrr.....

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Had a chat with Huishi (Hweeeeee Sheeeeee!!!) and Youyuan (Psychoooooo Phil!!!) today. JC classmates. Good friends. Good ol' days.

Anyway it turned out that Huishi's teaching stint, urm called practicum (?? Not sure I'm getting this right..) is ending next week and she actually enjoys her job despite the punishing schedule. Good for her! I mean, it's better than mine I think, cuz she actually enjoys her job. Well, I was msn-ing and blogging feverishly while working.. so I couldn't really say I 'enjoyed' my job. Hmm.. contradiction. Would I rather be slogging my ass off? I think not.

Youyuan will be doing this.. hang on. I shall not continue blabbering about my friends' lives. Haha.. That's NOT the point of this entry anyway. Let me jump straight into the point now, lest I start digressing and forget what I'm supposed to talk about in 2 minutes' time.

..........DA POINT........

I haven't seen them for eons. Not so much for Huishi cuz I managed to meet her and Eugene for lunch while I was back. Even that was months ago. As for Youyuan and the rest of the class, or whatever's left of my social circle, I haven't seen them for over a year. YES. I'm that bad irritating person who whines about friends leaving and NOT doing much to keep them around. *sobs*

Aiyah.. it's all my job's fault. Time waster and they didn't even pay me well. Blah. Anyway I hope they (my friends, not my employers) are all well and they still remember that I'm alive and well. Yes, I haven't snuff it yet. We are still friends, right? Amigo?

My social circle is shrinking rapidly. Solutions, anyone?

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Huishi says I'm a much chattier (Qn: Is there such a word? She used the word "chatty". I'm just curious.) person when I'm on msn and when I'm writing my blog. I'm much quieter in person and usually, it's the people around me who contribute to whatever conversation that's going on.

Hmmmmm.... I guess (I told her this) I'm not a talkative person. Well.. unless I feel strongly about something, or I've given some serious thought, or I've accumulated plenty of stuff... I can't simply go off and yak as and when I like. Yes, it's true.. I don't really chat on the spot. I can't. I lack the ability to do so.

Just like how most of us lack superpowers, unlike Superman and co. =(

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I'll just try and find some other ways to make this more interesting the NEXT time. Ciaos.


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Sad.

I'm sad and sorry that Pope John Paul II has passed on. (5.37am AEST)

I'm no Catholic but the death of a great person does sadden people, doesn't it?


Saturday, April 02, 2005

Latin.

You scored as Latin. You should learn Latin! Though a dead language, Latin is present in science, history, English, and, of course, the Romance languages. Have fun with those declensions!

Latin

100%

Japanese

93%

French

80%

Spanish

73%

Chinese

73%

Arabic

47%

English

0%

What language should you learn?

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Latin, eh? 100% even. Interesting. Japanese comes as no surprise but Latin really just came outta the blue.




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