Archive | September, 2009

7.6 Richter Earthquake in Southern Sumatra – Tremors in Malaysia – Tsunami Warning Issued

Today at approximately 6.25pm I felt some strange vibrations in my office – my chair was shaking and my table was vibrating.

I checked with Suanie, at first she didn’t feel it but after a while she did – confirmed tremors.

It lasted quite a long time and felt like it came in 2 stages with a small break between, I’d estimate the tremors lasted around 45 seconds.

Nothing was showing on any of the monitoring services, but after a while it did show up. There was a powerful earthquake in Southern Sumatra at 6:17pm as confirmed by the USGS:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mebz.html

Shortly after Twitter was flooded with earthquake talk.

A short while later a Tsunami warning was issued for Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

https://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/indian/2009/indian.2009.09.30.102622.txt

No Tsunami is confirmed yet, but the latest is:

“JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY: THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF A DESTRUCTIVE REGIONAL TSUNAMI IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.”

I hope it doesn’t happen, but let’s hope people are prepared this time if it does. The estimated times for contact are:

  • Georgetown 11.46pm 30th September
  • Port Dickson 3.18am 1st October

These are in local Malaysia time.

I will update here as I get more news.

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Removing The Safety Blanket – Shaving Your Head!

If you knew me or have seen me around, you would have noticed my hair was thinning (although it is hard for most people to see because I’m 6’5″ – rather tall).

It was becoming a bit of a comb-over to be honest.

You can see the tragedy that was my hair in these pics:

In Cameron Feb 2009.

Cameron 2009

Hennessy Artistry June 2008.

Hennessy Artistry

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Sandakan Town Tour – St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Fishing Village

So after our trip to the picturesque Puu Jih Shih Temple in Sandakan we checked out the rest of the town.

We visited a church which is part of the heritage trail called St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. A quaint little church finished in the early 1900s, it reminds of those little village churches back in UK.

St. Michael's and All Angels Church

Beautiful architecture and gardens.

St. Michael's and All Angels Church

The interior.

St. Michael's and All Angels Church - Interior

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Movie Review – UP – Cute!

Disney Pixar - UP

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Junior Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

I’ve been wanting to watch this for a while, being a fan of Pixar films (I just watched Ratatouille again 2 nights ago on HD and Incredibles too!).

I had some time to go to the cinema so I got District 9 and UP watched in one night! Both great films, and both in IMDB Top 250!

Although I’m starting to think newer films get in much easier due to way more ratings than the old films and the sheep mentally of people ratings stuff other people think is good.

Even so, UP is still a great film – definitely one of Pixars best so far.

It’s a very touching story and I love Dug! I just wish EmoCharlie could talk now too so we don’t have to guess all the time what the hell he wants.

I like the fact that Pixar doesn’t use the current ‘big stars’ too, recognisable faces and voices – they tend to use great actors that are not so mainstream.

I mean Christopher Plummer is a fantastic and experienced actor, but I doubt any of the younger crowd have a clue who he is.

It just makes the whole narrative so much more believable and brings the characters to life.

UP is a very touching story, likely to make you both laugh and cry. Definitely worth watching if you haven’t already, and especially for those Pixar fans. I found the pacing a little off tho and there were some lulls where it got a little boring, other than that though it was all around good.

They seem to be on a streak now, with WALL-E and now this.

I’m not sure if I’d say it’s the best movie of the year, honestly speaking I think I enjoyed D9 more than this but it’s definitely up there with Star Trek.

Still waiting for Inglourious Basterds.

Watch UP if you haven’t already, I give it a balloon filled 8/10.

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The KGB, CIA, Computer and Me – Cliff Stoll

This one is for all the geeks, if you’ve been into tech for a long time you’ve probably heard of Cliff Stoll and his book The Cuckoo’s Egg and his paper Stalking The Wiley Hacker.

PBS made “Nova” dramatization of his book starring Cliff himself called “The KGB, CIA, Computer and Me”, and someone has finally uploaded it to Youtube!.

Part 1

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How To Catch A Rat – Malaysia Style

If you’d been following my Twitter recently you’d have noticed I’ve been having a Rat problem.

I then had a problem with numerous completely useless pest control companies.

They could only catch the rat if it’s dead, remove it from the premises etc. Even though I can SEE it in the TV cabinet, they can’t take it out…they need to put down poison and glue board and come back and take it away when it’s dead.

Jeez, what’s the point in hiring them? I can do that myself. And I can’t put poison down because I have a dog..plus I don’t really want a dead rat carcass stinking it up somewhere.

So well, basically I did, I went to the hardware store and bought 2 rat-traps (Chinese style) for RM8 each, cheaper than I expected.

I got all kinds of suggestions for bait, popular ones were fish head and dried sotong. Other suggested were lap cheong, peanut butter, bread and basically anything stinky.

I dried some kinds of meat, but it didn’t work. Then I thought maybe he’s a vegetarian, because his sneaking around had him eating our cheese biscuits then our pasta. So I googled a bit and it turns out he was a Roof Rat AKA Black Rat (even though they aren’t black but dark brown) and not the large and more aggressive Norway Rat we see in the sewers. They are smaller, have larger ears, longer tails and are extremely agile.

So I had to change tactic. He was nesting in the TV cabinet and feeding in the kitchen.

TV Cabinet

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Movie Review – District 9 – Gripping

District 9

Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.

I haven’t had the chance to go to the cinema for a while, but I really wanted to see this as I’m a huge Sci-fi fan and there has been a massive lack of decent Sci-fi movies in the last 10-15 years. All the decent ones came out mid-late 80’s and early 90’s. After that what have we had, Matrix? And..there’s been a couple, Dark City, and the only good recent film IMHO has been Children of Men.

Anyway I got the chance to head to the cinema, so I jumped at the chance of watching this and UP (which I’ll review later).

I’d go as far as to say, I enjoyed this more than UP. It’s rocked into the IMDB Top 250 at #49 and deservedly so in my books.

This is truly the first Sci-fi masterpiece we’ve had for a long time, a realistic, gritty, emotive piece of work which pulls you right into the middle of the situation and makes you feel like you are part of it. It’s been a long time since we’ve had something like this, since Blade Runner, since Aliens, since Brazil. Something new and different for once, not a cartoon/game/tv series/old movie remake.

The whole movie was carried superbly by Sharlto Copley as Wikus Van De Merwe the slightly psychotic pseudo-government agent.

It’s definitely amongst my movies of the year along with Star Trek, UP and some I probably haven’t watched yet.

D9 is most definitely not a typical popcorn, Hollywood blockbuster. The CGI is superb yes, but it’s realistic through-out and there isn’t ONE recognisable star in the whole thing..which is how it should be. You an see why Peter Jackson has put his faith in Neill Blomkamp.

Honestly, I can’t wait to watch it again on BluRay (or at least some HD source). It’ll be a film I’ll watch many times I’m sure as there are more nuances to the plot I haven’t picked up on yet.

I also loved that it was set in South Africa, with their whole Apartheid history it’s almost like watching the integration of the Africans and the birth of the first mixed race child.

If you haven’t seen this, I recommend you go and watch it immediately on the big screen.

I give it a prawn splattering 9/10.

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Infuriating Flash Game! QWOP

Man this one was annoying, and tough. At the start I kept getting negative numbers…but patience prevails!

Try it out..it’s called QWOP.

https://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html

I got there in the end, without any kind of jump tho..

National Hero

If you wanna check out crazy, see this dude.

Amazing! He has another video where he even manages a jump at the end!

You can check out his other game too, Little Master Cricket which is quite fun.

https://www.foddy.net/Cricket.html

Very addictive and very hard too, my highest score so far is 98.

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Malam Tumpang Glamour – Sept 09

So a while back I started to hear about this super sekret underground invite only party called Malam Tumpang Glamour organized by Elfie, Michael and Reta.

The date was announced, but not the location or any other details.

It happened on Saturday night at an undisclosed location in Sunway – turned out to be a Tattoo studio called Inked, they have some wicked work check out their blog here – Inked Tattoo Studio.

There was quite a crowd, we arrived late because I had a headache and we got caught in a stupid ass jam down some lorong in Sunway.

Arrival at Inked

We had to down some nasty ass shots as punishment for our tardiness.

Emocharlie was the star of the night, he was a bit scared at first but after a while he was buzzing and running all over the place.

Emocharlie

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Get Your Massage On With Ogawa!

A while back Ogawa invited me for dinner at TGIF in Pavilion for some nice food and to check out some of their new products, honestly I’ve always been a fan of massage chairs so I was game.

I just wish I could afford one!

We started off with a welcome from some of the top Ogawa execs, there was a big showing from the Ogawa team and it was great to meet them.

Ogawa Welcome

Of course with hoards of bloggers you get hoards of cameras too.

Bloggers & Cameras

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