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Noritta Samsudin: Case closed? WTF?

I was amazed to read that Datuk Mustapha Abdullah, the city police chief considers the Noritta Samsudin murder case closed. (Click here and here for some articles)

Background
In July 2004, one En Hanif Basree Abd Rahman was acquitted and discharged by the court on the murder of Noritta. Of course, the months leading up to that ruling made for gross reading in the local newspapers… Early on I decided to just not read the papers, as it was obvious that the murder victim, who seems to have been a high-class callgirl, was the one being judged. I’m certain I did the right thing, for as time went by, more and more people started complaining about the level of detail being reported by the papers. Details about tears in the vagina, and age thereof seemed to be the focus of the court, rather than on the clients. Then again, from early on it was rumoured that many VIPs were among the victim’s “customers”, hence the blinkered focus on the victim rather than her clients. And the clients who…

tests and tribulations - part deux ;-)

Rather than update and repost an older entry, here are some quizzes (and results) to share with you. This site seems to have *lots* of pseudo-quizzes - check them out!

Key word = pseudo. That means most of the quiz creators are just talking out their a##es. Take them in your stride, as good fun & not to be taken seriously lah!

Take the quiz: "Your Psych-Ward diagnosis"

Social Anxiety Disorder
Diagnosis: Social Phobia / Social Anxiety.The fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment, evaluation, and inferiority.

Take the quiz: "Which Tarot Arcana are You? (women)"

High Priestess
Hidden influences at work, unrevealed future. Creative forces of the subconscious, the female side of the brain at work for the artist, poet and mystic. A woman of great intuition, inner illumination.

Here's to blogs, bloggers, and blogging!

Have any of you sat back and wondered about blogs, and how their use seems to have exploded within the past year or so? Wait - even before that: how many of you even know what "blog" stands for?

Blog is short for a "weB LOG", and can be defined as an online public personal journal or diary. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger". From a few dozen blogs in existence in 1999, there are now millions. Click here for a brief history/commentary on blogs. What on earth would move so many people to share their personal thoughts with total strangers on the 'net, though?

For me, there are many reasons.

1. Channel & update
My first blog was set up in mid-June 2004: the first entry was an outpouring of disappointment and frustration at not having been able to submit a 3-month notice of resignation on my target date of 15th June 2004 (in the end I submitted a 1-month notice at the end of August). The bl…

SciFi: a handy blog AND the reimagined Battlestar Galactica reviews

... sigh ... having access to (only) 20 channels leaves me unable to actually watch the new, reimagined, Battlestar Galactica series... Yes, my earlier post on that was not very supportive of the show, but a morbid curiosity... and fascination would have had me 'accidentally' flipping to the SciFi channel, if only i could.

So, taking a peek at SciFiDaily, looks like the series is doing pretty well, doing quite a bit of character development, AND is overall dark and gritty (as opposed to the pretty cheesy original). Wish I could get a chance to see these new episodes so I could actually HAVE a real opinion!! :-(

Here are some links to specific reviews/opinions from SciFiDaily, which I enjoyed and would like to highlight to you:
1. Bill's America loves ... (posted Jan 15 2005) (that's Apollo on the left, and "Starbuck" on the right)
2. Greg's Better than Ori (also posted Jan 15 2005) (that's "Adama" on the left and the "President of the Colon…

...ever had a song pop into your head? and never leave?

The song "Kumbayah" popped into my head the other day... and what else did I do but Google it to get more information on this word.

Firstly - you DO know the song, right? sung to the same tune as "Michael rows the boat ashore, hallelujah", this song goes "Kumbayah, my Lord, Kumbayah". I have no idea how i picked up on either song, but hey, i am a hippie at heart, and kumbayah is something i associate with doped up 60's people in flowing white robes ;-)

aaaanyways... it seems that it actually stands for "Come by here". Cool, eh?

The language is "Gullah", which is a creole consisting of English plus words and constructions from the languages of west Africa, the Gullahs' homeland.

"Creole", among other things, means "a language that has evolved from a pidgin but serves as the native language of a speech community" (thanx, www.m-w.com!)

Read more about Kumbayah itself here, and about the Gullahs here.

Have an educati…

tests and tribulations ;-)

Greetings, earthlings! Have you stumbled across these many different sites with these fun personality tests and the like? For more "serious" tests, I highly recommend tickle: here are results from some "other" tests ;-)










You Are 23 Years Old



23




Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.



What Age Do You Act?

Battlestar Galactica : a "re-imagining"?

Sci-fi RULES!!

"Wait a minute," I hear some of you say. "I thought she stays away from Sci-Fi, and reads mostly fantasy books?" Well, you are kinda right. I can't quite explain why I'm so NOT a fan of sci-fi books when they are "fantasy" in a way... but that is a digression... this blog is about Sci-Fi tv series. I'm going to highlight two specific shows, tho there are plenty more to say about many others...

1. Battlestar Galactica (BSG):

How many of you, like me, had this HUGE crush on Starbuck, played by Dirk Benedict? He and his buddy Apollo would be fighting the Cylons while Commander Adama led the rag-tag fleet to a distant planet known as earth.

How many of you remember "Galactica 80", a very lame continuation of the series, where the Galactica actually does arrive at earth, only to find it technologically inferior, and totally unequipped to deal with the revelation of "brethren" from the stars let alone the existence of …

Idiot Box: Part 3

D'oh!! How much of a slave am I to the idiot box?? Not much, i think. I'll let you decide. So, what HAVE i been watching since I got here?

1. The Simpsons: I have a new appreciation for this adult cartoon. Homer's "D'oh!" is firmly part of my vocabulary, as is Nelson the bully's "Ha ha". It's been on the air since 1989 folks! geeez, I sat for my SPM at the end of '89 and that feels like aaaaaaages ago! For a show (ANY show) to last this long, and is still going, speaks foritself, no?

2. House, M.D.: A new series by the Fox network. It's not THAT great of a series, but you know what... with the overabundance of reality tv crap, this provides a welcome breath of fresh air! The main character is a doctor who limps around on a cane, and pops painkillers like candy. He is the most cynical and smartmouthed doctors you'll ever find in tvland. He doesn't treat patients - he treats illnesses, because "Treating illness is why we bec…

Idiot box Part2: unreal reality shows :p

Yeah, I seem to be revisiting some of my older topics... bear with me... This entry is a rant against those unreal reality shows on the air...

My first exposure to this so-called "reality tv" was "Survivor"... and even then I really was never bothered with it. Why on earth would I want to see how different people schemed against each other, put themselves thru stupid tests, essentially whore themsleves on tv, all for some money? Granted, the money was substantial, but hey, I didn't relate to it at all... but I know of at least one person in KL who refused to go out on Friday nights because that was when Survivor was shown on Malaysian TV.

Things really took off from there, didnt they? By the time I left Malaysia, Fear Factor and various mutations of American Idol had the nation in their brain-mushifying grip...

Then I get to the u.s. and see even more of this crap on tv! Let me get one thing straight tho: Most of my exposure to these are thru the previews/trailers…

running around like a headless chicken - for HOW long?

The thylacine was Part 1, this is Part 2 of an irregular series of educational features :-)

Now, the phrase "running around like a headless chicken" comes from the fact (so I've been told) that when a chicken's head is cut off, the body still runs around for a while, but it'll stop soon after.. the heart would have pumped all the blood out of the severed arteries, and overall there's be no brain attached to tell the rest of the body what to do, right?

So, ... how long do you think a chicken HAS been able to survive after having its head lopped off?

a few hours? maybe a few days?

try ............ EIGHTEEN MONTHS!!! yep... one and a half years, ladies & gentlemen!

gee.. i suddenly feel like i'm hosting an episode of Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Click here for a brief write-up on Mike the Headless Chicken - this site also leads you to possible subscriptions to various newsletters like the REAL Stella Awards and This is True that help highlight the idiocy o…

in and out... of touch

It’s a week into the new year, and my thoughts drift to those I left behind… schoolmates, colleagues, friends: or those I *thought* were friends…

It saddens me that some people whom I considered relatively close friends / colleagues have not seemed to be bothered to keep in touch…

Mr YesMan, a mentor of sorts during my previous worklife, someone who already disappointed me once by “dropping the ball” in keeping an eye on a friend’s job application, indirectly teaching me a lesson about politics within the organization… someone I still turned to for some advice during my agonizing period figuring out whether to resign or stick with it… someone who, by his deafening silence ever since I informed him of my resignation, seems to not want to “contaminate” himself with my “taint” within the organization… either that, or I transformed into someone not worth his while? Doesn’t change his impact and influence on me during some formative years within the organization… just saddens me how he just…