Archive | July, 2005

Party Tonight in SS3 for Kimberlycun’s 21st Birthday

I saw some of you mention that you would like to come if there was a party..

But it was all hush hush because it was a surprise, til like an hour ago when SOMEONE ruined the surprise duh.

If you know any of us involved, or met us at the PPS bash you are welcome to come along, I doubt many people will read this as it’s already 8.30PM on Saturday night, but if you don’t have plans come along.

It’s just behind Taman Bahagia LRT station

If you know any of us you should have our numbers, call if you get lost.

Or post comment with your email in the next 10 mins and I’ll send you my number.

Cheers!

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Happy 21st Birthday to Kimberlycun!

Well I happen to know she loves that big nose shortass Tom Cruise.

SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

My photoshop skills aren’t up to Galvins[/url] calibre I agree, but well I tried!

Suan’s collage is hilarious, check it out HERE[/url].

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Xia Xue got totally PWNED – BACKUP YOUR STUFF NOW

The famous egotistical XX bloggerXia Xue got owned last night..

SHE GOT OWNED HARD, LIKE IN THE ASS WITH A CHILLI PEPPER COVERED BAT.

She is full of shit, she is full of herself, she isn’t hot, she writes a lot of angsty crap but does have some great posts, whatever she’s done however and however much of a cunt she is, she doesn’t deserve this…

3 years of blog entries gone

3000 e-mail and contacts gone

Dear readers of xiaxue.blogspot.com,

Yes, indeed, my blog has been hacked. I understand some of you might be sending emails to me right now, alerting me, and the thought warms my heart (which is very startlingly cold right now mind you).

Unfortunately, the hacker is quite clever. He also managed to guess the password to my gmail account. My 3,000 emails, some of which very important business contacts, are all gone.

I don’t like her, but I do pity her, whoever did this good job, but well it’s not really a cool thing to do…

I’m a l33t h4x0r so I backup often, the reason I don’t use blogspot is because I want to backup my posts and comments easily.

Anyway best practise is BACKUP YOUR SHIT OFTEN.

That goes for your PC too, you don’t know when your hard-drive is going to conk out, organise your shit and burn it to CD.

DO IT NOW DON’T CRY TO ME WHEN YOU LOST YOUR PHOTOS OF LITTLE JOE HUMPING HIS SISTER.

Backup your blog, backup, backup backup everything, twice, three times, DO IT.

Buy some CD-RW and do it often, that’s how I do it.

You can even leave the damn CD-RW in the drive permanently unless you want to burn something else and schedule it.

That’s also why I shifted to Thunderbird, it’s so much easier to backup than Outcrap Express.

Anyway I Xia Xue I think you are a cunt, but I pity you, and frankly your situation sucks.

Hope you manage to restore everything back to normal service, I do enjoy your posts from time to time 馃槈

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Google customised home page & Firefox 1.0.6

This is pretty neat, haven’t seen anyone mention it so I thought I’d just point it out, charitable guy that I am 馃槈

It’s something like a personalised portal interface, it’s actually pretty neat, after you’ve selected what you want to show, you can drag and drop the boxes around to get the layout just how you want.

It doesn’t have that many options at the moment, just the normal ones like BBC, Wired and Slashdot, but it’s pretty neat and serves as a nice homepage, especially if you are primarily a gmail user.

You can check it out here: https://www.google.com/ig

Some other resources I use are:

https://www.securitynewsportal.com
https://infosecdaily.net/securitynews/
https://www.digg.com/
https://www.newsnow.co.uk/

Also as a side note, a lot of you are probably still using Firefox 1.0.4, 1.0.5 just came out a few days ago and has been supersceded by 1.0.6 which came out last night (due to some stability issues with the new API implementation.

Why Use Firefox?

鈥淏eware of spyware. If you can, use the Firefox browser.鈥 – USA Today 鈥淏etter than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds.鈥 – FORBES

Popup Blocking
Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox’s built in popup blocker.

Tabbed Browsing
View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they’re ready for viewing when you’re ready to read them.

Privacy and Security
Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business.

Smarter Search
Google Search is built right into the toolbar, and there is a plethora of other search tools including Smart Keywords (type “dict ” in the Location bar), and the new Find bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything).

Live Bookmarks

RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated. (This means you can easily watch blogs for new posts as long as they have RSS/XML/Atom feeds)

Hassle-Free Downloading
Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they’re easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.

Fits Like a Glove
Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you’re used to – Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.

S, M, L or XL鈥揑t’s Your Choice
Firefox is the most customizable browser on the planet. Customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines. Firefox is as big or small as you want.

Setup’s a Snap
At only 4.7MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection. The installer gets you set up quickly, and the new Easy Transition system imports all of your settings – Favorites, passwords and other data from Internet Explorer and other browsers – so you can start surfing right away.

Get funky extensions here: https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/?application=firefox

My favourites would be:

1) Adblock
2) BBCode
3) Bugmenot
4) Dictionary Search
5) Forecastfox
6) LiveHTTPHeaders
7) Wordcount
8) Download Manager Tweak
9) IE view

And you can read more about WHY you should use it HERE[/url].

Get it now, reclaim the web!

SPREAD FIREFOX – SIGN UP NOW!

Along-side that, Thunderbird 1.0.6[/url] has also been released, I recommend upgrading both to the latest versions.

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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

When a group of Korean archeologists find a skeleton and identify it, they call the brother, Lee Jin-Seok, who is now an old man, to tell him that they have found his brother’s body, who died in the Korean War. We travel from the present to 1950, when the Korean War started. Jin-Seok and Jin-Tae, Jin-Seok’s brother, are young men who suddenly find themselves catapulted into a bloody world so different from their quiet, rural lives. As the war progresses, the war begins to poison Jin-Tae’s mind. Jin-Seok is lost when he finds that he no longer knows who his brother is.

This is a truly great movie, I’ve heard a lot about it and have been meaning to watch it for some time. I bought the DVD in Brunei, but honestly the quality there sucks, perhaps it’s why they are cheaper than in Malaysia..

It stalled at chapter 9, so I went out to SS2 and got another copy and continued watching.

I thought it might be good, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it really was.

Since its release in 2004 is has climbed into the top 250 movies at number 247, a testament to it’s quality as there aren’t so many foreign films in the chart.

It’s a very gritty and realistic war movie portrayed with a lot of emotion and from some degrees it shows both sides of the story, more of an anti-war movie than a war movie, it’s terrifying, shocking and disturbing.

The battle scenes are perhaps some of the most graphic ever shown on the silver screen and the reality of war really hits you in the stomach, it truly shows with war there are no winners, you see the changes in people, the emotional trauma caused, the mass executions carried out by the government on innocent people and the persection.

The story revolves around two brothers (Dong-Kun Jang and Bin Won) and the way the war changes them, the lust for killing and the darkness that takes over when everything around has turned to chaos, it has been likened to Saving Private Ryan[/url], but I personally feel it’s a better movie.

It’s not just about the action, it has great acting, great character development and it’s an emotional roller coaster, in places it’s also extremely graphic. A lot of it is based around relationships and the North/South divide in Korea.

Even if you’re not a pussy or a fagboy, it’s quite probably it’ll bring a tear to your eye. I defy any girls not to cry when watching this movie.

At almost 2.5 hours it’s a fairly long film, but you get absorbed you don’t feel the time passing..

I’d say it’s actually one of the best movies I’ve seen for quite a long time, a diamond in the rough.

Highly recommended, go get a copy from your local Uncle Ho outlet now!

I give it a gripping 9 out of 10

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Smashed, Crashed and Mashed – Tow Truck Vultures

It’s been a very stressful few days, I’ve been meaning to blog about this since Friday…but I was busy, then I was asleep, then I was traumatised, then I was depressed about being a dumbass…

The moral of the story is:

a) Concrete walls are stronger than cars

b) Don’t try and beat the orange light if you aren’t ‘that’ close and you don’t know the road

c) Don’t go too fast round corners when you don’t know the road

d) Don’t go fast at all around those areas the tow-truck vultures hang around with their cans of roadshine oil

e) Don’t take corners fast when you have extra weight in the back you aren’t used to, the back end WILL spin out

If not…the result might look like this:

So what happened you ask? I was rushing back from Bangsar after meeting some friends for supper…as it was Thursday night I didn’t want to get home too late as I had work the next day, so I came down towards the lights exiting Bangsar back towards KL, Jalan Johar I think where there is a sharp corner up to join the highway…

I passed the junction and went round the corner, the car skidded round, like a normal tight corner, the tyres squealing, I thought it was going to be ok.. After the apex, the extra weight of 2-passengers in the back pushed the back end out, the car span slightly, oversteering, I fought to get back control and it jack-knifed 3-4 times, I thought I had control back when it flicked at the last minute straight into the concrete wall, there was a flurry of sparks, then stillness, and shock..

Then 8 guys with walkie talkies and name cards appeared 6 seconds later…suspicious no? They looked so happy too, they were literally cheering, that kinda disturbed me.

I know the corner under the highway to Eastin hotel is known for ‘oily’ conditions, a lot of accidents and these tow-truck vultures..but I didn’t know about this corner, I can’t blame them though, even if they did put oil on the road, I should have been going at a speed that it wouldn’t matter.

There was another wing mirror on the floor beside my car, exactly at the same spot I hit the wall, at first I thought it was mine, but I checked, and mine were still on…looks like they were having a good night.

I have contacts at Thong Hing though, so I refused to let them touch the car unless they got someone from Thong Hing..

The police were there within minutes too, looking for some ‘kopi duit‘, they wanted to get me for drinking and driving, but well they didn’t have a breathalyzer and I wasn’t drunk. So fuck them.

I had no camera and my phone can’t really take pictures at night, so there’s no shots from the incident..These pictures are the from the next day at the repair shop.

It’s going to take 2-3 weeks to repair aswell…because the engine bay got pushed in slightly so they need to take the engine out to straighten it, hit at an akward angle. So I’m kinda carless again, different reason from last time..But I’m hoping to go back to UK in a week or so, so it should be fixed when I get back from my holiday.

I got home about 3am, but was so pumped full of adrenaline I couldn’t sleep…

I kept replaying the incident in my head, running through all the what-if’s…

What if I’d stopped for the red light

What if it hadn’t rained earlier that day

What if my friends took a taxi back and I had no weight in the back

What if I hadn’t gone that night at all and met them on Friday instead

What if, what if…

All pointless as it’s already happened.

Friday was filled with going to the workshop to retrieve some things from my car, thankfully my laptop had been safely stored, and my friends car keys which were in my glove box..

Filled out the forms for the Insurance claim and to authorise the repairs, then headed to the police station to make the report..

I had to pay RM300 for ‘losing control’ and the guy wouldn’t take any discount at all…and I had to pay on the spot because I’m a ‘foreigner’.

After the headed home and slept, slept a lot.

Well that’s my story, a story of a dumbass who drove into a concrete wall.

As my friend said it was a good accident, any accident everyone can walk away from is a good accident. There was only one injury, a broken fingernail[/url].

That’s my lesson, don’t drive into concrete walls, it’s fucking scary, and beware of places that might have oil on the road, because your car will spin like a mofo (look out for a group of towtruck drivers drinking coffee).

I’m just truly thankful no-one was hurt, no other cars were involved, only my vehicle and my ego were damaged.

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The Influence of Television – The Devolution of the Mind

Now I’ve never been a great fan of the idiot box, perhaps due to my parents, I don’t recall us ever having a TV until I was about 9 years old, then it was mostly monopolised by my fathers fanatic love of gambling, thus it was horse racing, cricket, rugby, football, motor racing, golf, tennis and any other sport it’s possible to bet on.

I did save up my earnings from my early jobs and bought my own oldskool 1980’s TV when I was about 15.

Even then there was very few shows I really liked, among those I remember were Red Dwarf, Absolutely Fabulous and Quantum Leap..there were a few others.

I didn’t watch TV all that much, I mostly used it for playing with my NES! Then SNES, I remember buying the imported version of Street Fighter II from the US for about 60 pounds…Man that was expensive, but I was the first kid around to have it. That whacked like 3 months of savings.

I did used to love Channel 4 though, it’s like the UK’s slightly alternative channel, they used to have loads of interesting documentaries about drugs, hookers, the slave trade, child labour, gangsterism, triads, eastern european crime syndicates, all kinds of stuff right on the edge and some just plain bizzare comedy programs.

In London we did have cable TV, but that was mostly because we just wanted the broadband, we didn’t actually watch TV much, even though we had a 32″ widescreen, we mostly used it for movies and playing on the Dreamcast. (I bought a DC after my PSX got stolen)..I did enjoy discovery channel and history channel sometimes though.

Even now I don’t really watch TV much, I have a big TV, but I don’t have Astro and the terrestrial stations here are extremely limited. I use it pretty much solely for watching DVDs. I do like one channel on Astro though, channel 38 I think it is, the one that plays tons of old Kung-Fu movies and Shaw Brothers flicks, I dig that shit!

The only time I used to watch it in UK was when I got home late and I couldn’t be bothered to do anything involving, I’d just slouch on the couch and take in some idiot rays from the goggle box. Nowdays I just surf the web, read some blogs, play some easy DOTA.

But here in Malaysia most stations finish around midnight and start playing those stupid SMS chat things and music videos. I actually never watch it here as there is nothing at all worth watching on Terrestrial TV.

I do feel myself getting dumber when I watch TV, it’s just so unimaginative, it’s all laid out for you, you don’t have to do anything, you can feel your synapses shutting down as the mindless drivel is pumped into your head, TV programs nowdays are laced with subconcious political innuendo and all kinds of hidden commercial messages intended to get your dollars out of your wallet and get your votes going in a certain direction.

It takes a lot away from books, kids nowdays don’t know how to read. What I mean by that is of course they are literate, they can read and write, but they can’t ‘read‘ as in read novels, read classic books, get into a good fiction or thriller. It takes a certain mindset and practise to be able to read fluidly, to be able to immerse yourself in the book, you have to able to read without effort, without trying, without stumbling in your mind so you just absorb the words and get into the book.

I believe TV destroys this, TV removes the requirement for literacy, TV removes the requirement for imagination.

TV has a an amazing capability of creating a time vortex too, it just sucks your time away, you find yourself watching something just because it’s on, you don’t know what it’s about, who’s in it, what the hell they are mumbling about and you have absolutely 0 interest in it, but you keep on watching it, flicking channels, sucked into the land of the couch cabbage. You could have spent 4 hours watching TV and learnt nothing, enjoyed nothing, realised nothing, you just existed for those 4 hours, jeez what a waste of time.

It also influences language a lot, I’ve noticed in Malaysia people often use American prounounciation, even though Malaysia is an ex-colony of Britain, so you’d think they would use British English? But no….TV is all pumped in from the US, all the US shows are syndicated, you rarely see UK shows here, so American English is taking over, you can also see the quality reflected in the local comedy shows, they are very basic and slap-stick, much like the majority of American ‘humor’ [sic], it doesn’t have the complexity or subtlety of British humour, which granted a lot of people don’t get.

It also seems to have deeper implications such as influencing morality and social connatations, like some people believe the lifestyles characterised in ‘Sex in the City’ are real, so they try to mimic them…

People believe what they see on TV like it’s real, like they read it in a history book or a newspaper, when even the TV news stations are totally biased. I like to think that BBC world is the least biased, but that of course is a biased opinion from me.

All in all, what I’m saying is TV sucks. DON’T DO IT!.

Don’t waste your life in front of a TV, read a book, surf the net, watch some movies, go see your friends, turn that crap off.

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Joss Stone is the pwn!

Just got addicted to this girl..

I remember when her music first hit the UK before I left in November 2003.

Her song was played SO often on the radio but it was just cool as hell. I think they were playing Fell in Love with a Boy back then.

She was so young but just blew everyone away with her husky voice and unique jass-esque style of singing.

She manages to sing with such clarity and emotion too, quite amazing for her age, and she’s HOT! She shows music really still can have soul.

Miao!!

At the age of 14, she auditioned for a popular BBC show, Star for a Night after that she kinda took things with a run and she’s now a superstar.

2003 was the time of super cheese pop and Joss was a welcome break from Britney and her clones.

Right now I’m digging Right to be Wrong and You Had Me..

Her album sounds so fresh too because a lot of it was recorded in real time with the band in a studio, very few songs are actually done like that now, they are played seperately and mixed together after, very little programming on this album.

Anyway better hit the sack 馃槈

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I am surrounded by evil – I SEE THE DEVIL

No really, it’s like OMFG, WTFBBQPLZ?

What does it all mean…is it a sign?

Is it an OMEN!??!

The sign of the devil..behold….

I was so bored at work I downloaded all the mailing list mails I subscribe to, to read offline at my desk as I had nothing much else to do..LOOK WHAT I WAS CONFRONTED WITH!

Yeah scary isn’t it…

Then I remember a while back I was checking my stats in a normal blog whorish way…and I noticed this:

More evil!!!

Then one final straw, another thing I remembered….I was pretty sure one of the DOTA map versions[/url] was 666kb…so I checked out my maps folder..

NOOOOOOOO!

So, what does it mean, what is it all about….

SHOULD I BE SCARED?!?

Have you ever noticed any weird stuff like this showing up around you before?

I have always been a bit evil though, perhaps now it’s just manifesting itself..

Or perhaps it’s all just a perfectly normal coincidence, who knows.

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Malaysian Marine Day – July 13th-17th

The objective of this project is to instill social and environmental responsibility on behalf of the local dive community. This in turn will be recognized in the international diving community as the Malaysian contribution in our effort to preserve our marine environment. Participants will be educated on 鈥榗oral planting鈥 techniques which are currently practiced worldwide to promote the growth and preservation of new coral reefs. Besides this, there will also be an underwater clean-up to support this project.

It’s Malaysian Marine Day this week and Project AWARE[/url] is coming up later in the year.

Malaysia has some of the most beautiful and varied coral and marine life in the world, it should be preserved, and people need to start respecting it.

It’s this weekend in Mabul.

Past Marine Days:

Marine Day to promote coral conservation
Mabul Marine Day

I don’t think I will be able to make it this year, but I’m hoping to get to Project Aware[/url] later in the year in Redang!

Will post more about that later.

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