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... the heat is on ...

last night, as I lay in bed, I caught a whiff of a weird smell ...

... warm and metallic...

took me a while to figure it out....

... then it hit me ...

>>> The heat had turned itself on <<<

yeah, the temperature dropped yesterday, overnight of about 45F! I'd finally closed the windows... it's great to have winds blowing in so you get a change of air in the apartment, but it's totally another when you start to feel like you're feezing your buns (or in my case, my feet) off! I guess that was enough "fresh air" around to activate the thermostat.

today woke up around 10am ... coooollllllldddddddddd :p

it's nice and sunny outside, though: I think the weatherperson termed it as "brisk". May bundle up and go outside - make a trip to the library perhaps - just to feel the sun on my face.

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on another note: tonight is the season premiere of SMALLVILLE. Last season ended quite dramatically, we'll have to see where tonight picks …

... life is a lemon?

At lunch the other day i noticed the label on the bottle of iced tea that said "sweetened lemon natural flavor"

... but on the back, i noticed it said "no fruit juice. no articifial colors or flavors"

So, can someone tell me how they get the natural lemon flavor into the drink if they don't use lemon juice? After all, that's what differentiates a "plain" iced tea from iced lemon tea, right?

Oh, and to top it off: in the list of ingredients: last item on this list... can you guess it?

Uh-huh: "natural lemon flavor"

That *so* clears things up for me, that's for sure.

Not!

s*x-related (old) news

Did you hear about the Clinton & Lewinski condoms? Or actually, "Kelintun" and "Laiwensiji" condoms. Yahoo!News article HERE.

My immediate reaction: wait... part of the problem was their NOT using condoms, and spurting all over that blue dress, right?

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Did you hear about the larger-than-life unofficial Cardiff street porn festival?

It seems, a group of students set up a 20ft x 30ft projection ... against the house of a neighbour... So that all their pals could watch it in the street... "it" being porn.

Geez... if you can't keep it in the pants, at least keep it in the house!!
(Reference article HERE)

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Did you hear about the sex-hotline conman?

This guy in Germany would pretend that his car had broken down, and ask to use the phone. He would then call premium rate kinky sex lines for up to 20 minutes at a time.

That's a really smart way of making other people pay for your "perks"!
(Reference article HERE)

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Did you hear about the three wel…

Bones, Head Cases & House

Boreanaz Bites into 'Bones' "After playing the same tortured vampire with a soul for three seasons of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and five seasons of 'Angel' on The WB Network, David Boreanaz is eager to carve a new niche." (Source: Zap2It, Saturday, September 10, 2005)

That's right - the guy I know as Angel is now no-nonsense FBI Agent Seeley Booth, who (in a VERY lame contrived way) is agress to allow forensic anthropologist and mystery-book author Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) as his partner. Her skills at analyzing skeletal remains yields vital clues to crime. His nickname for her is *gasp* "Bones" hence the title of the series.

Story-wise: nothing too outstanding. it's too convenient that they happen to have a prototype hologram thingy that can totally recreate the probably image of the person whose skull they are trying to identify. It's based in Washington, D.C. - so if nothing else, the scenes outside of the lab are q…

volvo - short and female bias?

I stumbled across this article : Volvo Convicted of Gender Discrimination

Go ahead, read it.

So Volvo has (had?) a hiring policy that states for safety reasons employees must be between 5 ft 4 in and 6 ft 5 in to work at the conveyor belt at its car manufacturing plant outside Goteborg.

And the court ruled that statistically, the height requirement excluded more women than men, and should therefore be considered as gender discrimination.

So... let me get this right... a company is actually concerned for the safety and health of its employees, and they musta had some sort of study to determine the best range of height of people at the conveyor belt so that noone suffered from back pain or muscle strain or whatever, so they implemented this "range of heights" requirements... for the good of employees as well as for the company...

... and now this company is forced to get rid of this safety ruling, all because a short woman played the gender card.
And they will have to "make an …

angelic ruminations

... i was *so* pissed off the other day ...

WB aired the final episode of Angel - the series finale - last Saturday.

But for the past few weeks, that Saturday night slot kept getting replaced with friggin' baseball... and instead of catching up with those missed episodes, WB has always just gone ahead and pretended nothing happened, so there'd be a gap in the storyline... so a few weeks ago Illyria was doing the unstable time travel thing, then all of a suden it's that episode where they all take up the impossible fight against the Senior Partners. Grrrrrr!!!



so while I was not quite bawling my eyes out during that really emotional episode, I was also really mad that there were some holes in the story that would be bugging me... after all, it's one thing to read the episode guide... it's totally another to watch the frigging thing and see all the details...

It may take another year before the Sunday noon "stream" gets to the final season... *sigh* gotta just …

somewhere at the end of the rainbow...

Michael Jackson Killed Hannah-Barbara In Uruguay : that's how I was taught to remember the colors of the rainbow - it's a mnemonic where the first letter of each word corresponds to a color in Malay. M - merah = red
J - jingga = orange
K - kuning = yellow
H - hijau = green
B - biru = blue
I - indigo
U - ungu = violet
So,,,, we *all* know that rainbows are seen when there's sunlight shining thru drops of water in the air... but before the physics of the phenomenon was known, rainbows had lots of beliefs attached to them (taken from Wikipedia)...
In Greek mythology, it is a path made by a messenger (Iris) between Earth and Heaven.In the Hebrew Bible, the rainbow is a symbol of the covenant between God and man, and God's promise to Noah that He would never again flood the Earth.The Irish leprechaun's secret hiding place for his crock of gold is usually said to be at the end of the rainbow. In Chinese mythology, the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed by Goddess Nüwa using st…

A run-in with...?

... finally took 2 pseudo-sudafed a few minutes ago... maybe that will dry my nose up once and for all... bleeeaaaaaahhhh!!

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something weird happened at the apartment building last night...

some person ran into one of the downstairs apartments... with a car!

I heard the sound of breaking glass, and of a revving engine... looked out and saw this car backing away from the building... but but but when I first looked I saw only the back half of the car... errrr,,,, oookaaaaaaaaaayyyyy.... so the front half musta been *in* the apartment....

my first thought was that this person musta been in a hurry to leave, and jammed on the pedal, but had the car in DRIVE instead of REVERSE...

but then... there's that little concrete "bump" at the front of every parking space... and there's this step-up of maybe 6 inches from the parking to the apartment... so if all this happened by mistake, boy that person musta really not been paying attention!

Other speculation: drunk? drugs? "cri…

recovering....

If you'd *seen* the pile of used tissues on the table yesterday, you'd understand why my nose hurt so much...

uh-huh... i've been suffering from a bad cold these last few days... maybe it was due to the rainy weather? It's no fun getting 3 colds in 3 weeks... although this most recent one was certainly the worst!! The other two? I mentioned having caught a mild cold right after Labor Day. Which I passed on to Kosh. Which he then passed back to me at the end of the Cleveland trip. fun. :p

so on the exercise trail - apart from some very low-impact & intensity at home via exercise tapes, haven't done much exercise... certainly didn't have the mood to drag myself to the gym only to have a pile of use tissues piling up as i tried to up my heartrate! bleeeaaaaah at the thought!!

aaaaaaaaaaaaanyway....... on to not-snot tales... 'snot funny!! haha...

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First.. here's my stupid score... I like that the quiz kinda messes with your brain in the end.. kinda uses …

Power dressing: taking it to the next level!

I've never bothered too much with the whole power-dressing concept...

My jackets were usually too big/long on me... what do you expect when so many of the clothes found off the rack seemed to be made for anorexics??!! ... tall(er) anorexics!

I'd usually be found with a long-sleeved blouse and pants (later, it became looser blouses/shirts that I could wear without tucking in, aaaaah, so easy to cover an expanded waistline, teeehee!).

What brought this on? This Yahoo!News article HERE, about someone who unknowingly took the "power dressing" concept to a totally NEW level!

This got me thinking... I'm the kind of person who builds up a charge quite easily (have ALREADY been zapping myself when getting out of the car, and when using other metal doors, I suppose the air's getting drier and drier already... grrrrr!!!)... so I gotta find out what exactly he was wearing (what BRAND! what material! etc..) to make sure I don't end up making the news for a similar incide…

the St Louis tale :-)

Picture this #1upon entering the bathroom, I'm accosted by signs EVERYWHERE saying (I paraphrase here): "1. please flush after using the toilet 2. please flush only toilet paper down the toilet 3. please wrap sanitary napkins in toilet paper before disposing them in the bin provided"

errrrrr... yeah.... about those TPS reports.... wait, what country am I am again?

and guess what: twice when I used the bathroom, I had to put up with the icccky sight of an unwrapped sanitary pad :p to give someone some credit, one of them had been rolled up, but had become half unrolled (but totally unwrapped lah, see "rule" #3 above); the other was a gross totally unwrapped thing - bleeeeaaaaahhhh!

Picture this #2I get in the shower : only two shower stalls available: I chose the one furthest away from anything. Start the water : HOT. errr, okayyyy... I try to manipulate the thingy, but no matter what the setting, it's sending out scalding hot water out at me....

rain rain go awayyyyyyyyy!

aaarrrggghhhhh.....

it's been raining all dayyyyyyyy!
and the temperature is a cold 64F (about 17C?)
i really wanted to go to the gym today....
instead I've been watching tv, doing many sudoku puzzles and finally got online to check for comments on my blog, then to check out LittleNeo's random blogs... been online for over 2 hours now... and the rain is still going strong :-(
weather like this makes it TOO easy to put on weight, cos all i wanna do is curl up and sleep :p

funny anecdote about the kitty:
about 2 hours ago, as I was booting up this 'puter, I got up from the chair to turn on the light.
Kitty jumped onto the chair
I said okay, move over kitty, mommy wants to sit down
she looks at me and meows as if to say what r u talking about? it's my chair!

spent a few minutes trying to get her off the chair, in the end had to kinda force my butt on a corner of the chair and slowly push more of it on the seat and push her off the seat :p

she *did* jump in my lap a few minut…

who wants to get tagged?

Decided to consider myself "tagged" by Samantha Burns wrt this meme she blogged about on Sept 6th 2005:

Instructions:
Remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog's name in the #5 spot; link to each of the other blogs for the desired cross pollination effect.

1. bluestocking
2. colleenscorner
3. canadianexpatriatesblog
4. samanthaburns
5. azlynne1972

Next: Select four new friends to add to the pollen count. (No one is obligated to participate and anyone can play if they want to). Here's the tough one... don't have that many people to tag, let alone those who'd be *willing* to be tagged :p So, any of you readers who are also bloggers and wanna try this out, go ahead and consider yourselves tagged, ok? Tell me in the comments section once you'e posted your answers and I'll come looking!)

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What were you doing 10 years ago?
ooof... that would be mid-september 1995? wow, I was about to start my job! My first REAL job…

kitty at large?

RAAAAAAAANCH!

Yeah, so says the psycho kitty...
Don't think she's stopped purring since I got back yesterday evening!
She actually sat on my lap for a while... and slept by my side instead of at my feet last night...

She does keep going back to the front door/window wondering where daddy is... poor thing... no daddy for almost a month, kitty! We're just gonna have to make do, just the two of us, you and I :-)

It's about 730am... got up about an hour ago... and I'm still feeling kinda zombie-ish...

And right now I'm on an old Mac laptop that's prone to dropping the measly dial-up connection...
Which doesn't have Firefox installed so I have almost NO editing tweaking available...
And the screen is threatening to blank out on me...

And I'm hungry!

With the past 2 weeks pretty much on the move, haven't had much time for serious exercise...
The good start I had in building up my cardio has probably all gone downhill...
Will need to start hitting the gym again... .... ... …

a quick catching up! (Part 3)

(Cleveland, continued. Friday 9th September 2005)

A large, many-legged insect spotted on bed - hit it with pillow (took off some legs), but the main part of the body disappeared so it probably was maimed, not killed. Fun. I had urge to empty all bags and repack carefully to make sure it or its family were not gonna stow away in our stuff!!

ugh.

checked out (plus complained... ugh... the staff were apologetic but kinda insisted on awarding 1000 points to Kosh's newly set-up "loyalty card program", but they didn't provide a good explanation of the significance of the amount... I mean... is it worth a free night's stay, for example. I will be composing a *nice* letter to them over the entire incident!!)

made our way to the Erie waterfront...

on the way, got accosted by a scary-looking woman who took a look at our t-shirts (we were both wearing our newly-bought Meat tees), and said loudly while pointing to us "Look! Two bats out of hell!" teeheee!

close to the w…

a quick catching up! (Part 2)

(Cleveland, continued: 8th September 2005, 5:30pm)

We were a little late getting out for dinner: walked to the Hard Rock Cafe - proceeded to over-order, cos we didn't know just how BIG a portion the Jumbo Combo was! Good thing we were splitting that and an entree, as opposed to that and TWO entrees! Plus drinks ;)

Saw many people whom we knew were also going to see Meat... most of them looking like hog-people (the Harley Davidson crowd), and wearing different Meat t-shirts. I want one of those!! (t-shirts, not hogs :p)

After the meal, was thinking of getting HRC t-shirts, but the guy at the merchandise counter just didn't seem approachable... combine that with the fact that the concert officially started 5 mins ago... so I grabbed my minimum purchase at any HRC - a pin. Chose a colorful rainbow-guitar... found out later it was a gay pride pin, teehee!

Anyway... so off we go then to find the Tower City Amphitheatre... from the map we know it's across the road from the HRC but …

what's your GF like?

(Tip o' the hat to: justanothertragedy)

GF, as in Gullibility Factor lah :-)

Pity the site doesn't have the convenient copy & paste html code for the quiz results to be posted on a blog :-( But do check out the quiz itself HERE.

My results:
Your GF score is 76.
(Out of a range of 0 - 100, where 0 = mind slave, and 100 = free thinker.)

Welcome to the top 5%. You're a true free thinker and a person who is well informed about the reality in which you live. Although you may have been easily manipulated earlier in life, you eventually gained lucidity and developed a healthy sense of skepticism that you now automatically apply to your observations and experiences. You are endlessly curious about human behavior and the nature of the universe, and you have one or more lifestyle habits that most people would consider odd or unusual. You are not only of very high intelligence, you are also extremely creative in one or more areas (music, art, software development, inventing, etc.)

If …

macca newsflash!

omg omg omg ... paul's got a new album out! And if I wanna believe the one article I read about it, it's supposed to be good, his best ever since his time with The Beatles!!

It's entitled Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

I *really* liked the Flowers in the Dirt album... that's when he collaborated with Elvis Costello, and boy did it prove that Paul needs a partner in order to produce good stuff!! Pity that in 1989 I didn't have a CD player, so I got it on tape, and now I have no idea where it is; and even if I did find it, it's probably unplayable anyway... :-( I can still sing some of the songs on that album from memory, but it would be nice to get my hands on a CD...

(okay, so my tale of Cleveland is interrupted by this macca newsflash, sowwy... will continue with that tomorrow... in the meantime, here's something to chew on: I am typing this while in St Louis, Missouri; in the campus of Washington University! How did I get here? stay tuned!!)

a quick catching up! (Part 1)

heyya all,

it's been a while since a proper coherent post from me... here's why:

Thursday Sept 1st - 4th: Labor Day weekend:
went up to Crystal Lake in the outer Chicagoland area: mainly to attend an annual family reunion on Kosh's mother's side of the family. Uh-huh, I got exposed to (and survived!) yet another aspect of the family, teehee!

We arrived later Thursday night... and sometime that night Kosh managed to trip while going up the stairs, and ended up with majorly scraped shins and a broken/split big toenail!

Friday was when I first met them all (we were a total of around 14 people - not too large a gathering... I think I actually remember names and faces... amazing!!) ... and Friday was also the day we had a room at a nearby hotel, just so we didn't have to be overly-exposed to everyone all the time, teehee! Spent the whole day with the folks, went food shopping with all the gurls, hung out on the veranda, dinner, Trivial Pursuit... quite a full day!

Saturday …

Post-meat!

Meat Loaf rocked & rolled the Tower City amphitheater, and me & Kosh were there to *finally* see him *live*...

... of course, with both of us not the most vertically endowed (I'm 5', he's 5' 4"), it was a bit of a challenge to actually *see* him cos our seats were halfway across the amphitheater, but we got to see above some people's shoulders, plus I must thank whoever had the idea to have live video feeds of the stage projected onto two larger screens on either side of the stage,,, of course sometimes the cameramen seemed more inclined to focus on the gals rather than Meat, but hey, overall I saw more onscreen than onstage, so I can't complain!

I *can* complain about the show itself... cos he didn't play *our* song!!!! The title track from his most recent album: Couldn't Have Said It Better.... :-( apart from THAT let-down... wow, what a show!!! Yeah, so his voice occasionally got swallowed by the noise, and one of the songs he sang so diff…

a quick surf .. and some kooky news

a must for every flood-prone home?

I immediately thought of New Orleans, and wondered whether a device like this would have made a difference: it seems that a schoolgirl in China has invented a device that allows her to walk on water! (Tip o' the hat to Wasted Blog for this one)

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dog saves man's life ... sorta!

this guy in Malaysia threatens to commit suicide... talking him down by reminding him of his family was getting nowhere... uh-huh, I can imagine part of the conversation:
negotiator": "what about your wife and kids?"
suicidal person: "h**l, they are what drove me to this in the first place!!"

So what saves the day? The authorities find the guy's locked car nearby, with the dog in it. So they tell him the dog's dying of suffocation in the car (and wouldn't it be? this is Malaysia! even with windows cracked open for "air circulation" the doggie would have perished fast in the heat, eh?), and the guy has a change of heart, and is…

a moral trojan?

no, no, no, I'm not talking about condoms :p

there's a new Trojan horse program that's starting to spread around the 'net...

...but instead of doing malicious things like wiping out your hard drive, or stealing your financial information, its creator took the moral high road...

"the Trojan horse, called Yusufali-A, monitors Web surfing habits. When it spots an objectionable term such as "sex" or "exhibition" in the browser's title bar, it hides the Web site and instead pops up a message taken from the Koran"
Read more about it HERE.

I like it... a moral trojan... cool :-)

Holding out for a(n inner) Hero?

My Inner Hero - Wizard!






There are many types of magic, but all require a sharp mind and a cool head. There is no puzzle I can't solve, no problem I can't think my way out of. When you feel confused or uncertain, you can always rely on me to untangle the knots and put everything back in order for you.

How about you? Click here to find your own inner hero.

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Here's the full profile (based on a 20-question quiz) ... tell me what *you* are!
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Character Stats:

Rogue (11)
Warrior (7)
Wizard (21)
Paladin (13)


Your Profile:

You're intelligent, educated, and just a bit superior to everyone you know. If you're still in school, you probably make A's, if you're not too bored to waste the effort. If you work, your annoying boss relies on you to solve the problems no one else can figure out. You've never met a puzzle you can't solve. When it comes to leisure, you'd rather read, play a strategy game, or surf the 'Net than run around getting sweaty. You're a b…

Traffic Update

From April 4th to around August 8th 2005, sitemeter reported a total of 666 visits to this site (no need to ask *why* I would remember such a number, eh?) Then, from August 8th to Septmber 6th, let's see.. if I do the math right, it's 1311 - 666 = 645!

wow... the same amount of visits that I got over the past 4+ months, I got in the span of just about ONE month, thanx to Little Neo :-)

I really like that I've discovered lots of new sites to visit (many of which are listed in the blogroll, in my sidebar), and it's great to know that others are also checking out this blog regularly.

Here's some graphical illustration of the change in traffic:

Image #1: Visits to blog, 20th July - 19th August 2005... TWO things that jump out at ya: the average of maybe 5 visits a day which skyrockets after August 8th... and the two spikes...
so... what's the deal with those spikes??? Maybe a snapshot of the traffic a bit further on will shed some light... so here's Image #2: August…

Katrina & the Waves?

Dunno how many people in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, etc could claim that they are "walking on sunshine" though...

It's been dubbed the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since the 1906 quake in San Francisco... and probably the costliest to date, too! Thousands estimated dead, and the number is only going to keep rising...

Yep, talkin about hurricane Katrina...

Saw images on the news about places in Louisiana being totally inundated, and while just waiting for the flood waters to recede is going to take a while, the rebuilding of roads, etc, all point to many (most?) parts of the state actually being uninhabitable for AT LEAST three months!
Q: What's worse than reading about the floods?

A: Reading (and seeing on tv) about people who take this opportunity to break into houses and stores, and loot what they can. In New Orleans, several television networks reported 1,500 police from search-and-rescue missions had to be pulled out and reassigned to deal with looting and…

Malaysian Miscellany

Did you know that Lim Kit Siang just started blogging? Check it out HERE.
(Tip o' the hat to: meqonline for this info)

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On 31st August, Malaysia turned, errr, what's 2005 minus 1957? 48? Yeah, think so :p Happy 38th Birthday, Malaysia! Tho, technically, it was only when Sabah & Sarawak joined us on 16th Sept 1963 that we changed our name from the Federation of Malaya to Malaysia...

Did you know that I once took part in that boring National Day Parade? Yeah, I was in secondary school, and was part of the Girl Guides contingent. Uh huh, how exciting *rolls eyes* All I remember is having to go for a few days of practice beforehand, and having to be assembled in he wee hours of the morning, getting devoured by mosquitoes... the only plus side was getting to meet with newly-made friends: some other Guides from other schools.

I have no interest in any of the official celebrations held all over the place... to me, all I want to mark the occasion is to see the archive footage of Tu…

Some of my past lives!

Who Were You In a Past Life?

Currently "A Jobless Bum" but In a Past Life...
You Were: A Mute Alchemist.

Where You Lived: Korea.

How You Died: Hung for treason.


Currently "Unemployed" but In a Past Life...
You Were: An Albino Executor of Sacrifices.

Where You Lived: China.

How You Died: Buried alive.


... and if I used my most recent job of "Change management", what *would* my Past Life have been?
You Were: An Arrogant Belly Dancer.

Where You Lived: New Zealand.

How You Died: Suicide.


Hmmm... I think my fave past life would have to be the "Arrogant Belly Dancer" :-)