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more New Year celebrations?

It's probably an extremely slow week for folks back home in Malaysia....
Su 29 & Mo 30 Jan= Chinese New Year
Tu 31 Jan = Awal Muharram = the Muslim New Year
since CNY Day 1 was on a Sunday, it's "carried forward" to Wed 1 Feb
... but for those in the Federal Territory (mainly KL), Wed 1 Feb = FT Day
so for those in the FT, CNY Day 1 is carried forward all the way to Thu 2 Feb!
oh, and for those who employers actually provide a day off on the Friday before a Saturday public holiday, they got Fri 27 Jan off too!

... That's pretty much a week off of work.... I bet KL's a breeze to drive through at this time!!! ... Probably no difference in drivers' attitudes, tho, no matter what the occasion :p

Anyways, the fact that CNY & the Muslim New Year happen to coincide this year, I wanna highlight something that has bugged me for ages, but I've yet to get a satisfactory answer. Why, oh why, does the Muslim calendar, which is a lunar calendar just like the Chine…

... moans & groans: trekking after stars, & related matters

I know I keep saying that I don’t consider myself a Trekker (the term preferred by the group of people usually referred to as “Trekkies”), but I certainly am a sci-fi fan.

And unless I get into Stargate SG-1, or Stargate Atlantis, or Farscape, there really isn’t much on regular tv to go on. Unless we subscribe to the extended package, we are not going to get the Sci-Fi Channel, or Spike TV (which seems to have lots of ST:TNG at certain times). This helps “justify” the purchase and watchage of my Babylon 5 DVDs, btw.

But I was all excited late last year when I thought Star Trek: Enterprise was going to be rerun starting from the absolute beginning … and was deeply disappointed when it turned out they just played the pilot episodes, then kept playing the more “critically-acclaimed” episodes, mostly from the final season, which I’ve seen numerous times. Bah.

THEN, about two weeks ago, Kosh was channel surfing while I was in the other room, when he called out excitedly “Hey!! Star Trek!!!…

*pausing for breath*

*gasp!* I churned out five posts yesterday?!!

yeah, I had lots of time on my hands AND wireless DSL internet access... heaven! :-)

With the 5 posts of yesterday, I got to reduce the number of drafts in my dashboard slightly: tackled some of the long-outstanding topics so that they were finally publishable (and hopefully before they were too stale!)

*still* have 24 drafts, however... cos often I'll stumble on some other stuff I wanna write on but not immediately so into the draft it goes. it's a dynamic number. teehehehee!

... right now me & Kosh need to start heading outta here, seeing as once we get back to Urbana, he pretty much needs to hop right back into the car and continue heading south for Springfield, for another interview-related thing, Then he drives back for the night, but drives there again early Monday morning for the actual interview.

After Monday, he's done with all the interviews. And we'll find out in mid-March whether/where he's been m…

did they find what they were looking for?

Of the past 100 visitors to this blog, a few got here via searches @ yahoo / MSN with the following keywords (I tried to categorise them a bit...): SEX:
- narcissist toilet sex

- sivil war bullet (huh?? how is that even remotely related to this blog??)

- learn to play scabble with puter
- mtg kamigawa rat's nest

- baggage theft
- fire engine

- McDiet

- jobless bum
- work at home and lovin it
- kosh

- planet x 2053 collision earth
- dark mythological quizzes
- culdian trust

- LHDN (I suppose not may people have blogs about their visits to the Malaysian Internal Revenue Board?)

- Petrol and Gas Company in Ghana (no thanx to that latest mutation of the Nigerian scam!)
- book writing
- "sphere of concern vs sphere of influence" Okay, so apart from the "narcissist toilet sex' (what WERE you looking for, I wonder...), the others are kinda lame..

But i *did* discover another Babylon5 fan: see…

do u think it's hard or soft?

Recently Dawn published an article about the idosyncracies of the English Language which in turn had been found at Vicki's Here and Now. While the contents are not new, it was certainly a welcome re-read, and reminder of how tough it is to keep English straight, even for native English speakers.

I never have a straight answer when people ask what *my* "native language / mother-tongue" is. Here's why:
Official politically-correct mother-tongue: Malay
Mother's mother-tongue: French
Language I think in, and am most at ease with: English
And while my grasp of English language and vocabulary was much greater than even my teachers'...
I remember it was English with Ms Babs, so I probably was in Std 5 (11 y.o.). She was asking for "opposites of friend" - apart from the usual "enemy", she was also accepting answers like "thief". So I raised my hand and provided one of my fave words: "FIEND". Why was it my fave? Cos it's &q…

trivial pursuits

(Many thanx to Dawn for this link. Later saw it also at SnglGuy's place)

While they both had trivia about bloggers, I thought I'd see what it spat out for something a bit different:
Ten Top Trivia Tips about The bald-headed eagle!The ace of spades in a playing card deck symbolizes the bald-headed eagle!Some people in Malaysia bathe their babies in beer to protect them from the bald-headed eagle.If you drop the bald-headed eagle from the top of the Empire State Building, it will be falling fast enough to kill before reaching the ground!In Chinese, the sound 'the bald-headed eagle' means 'bite the wax tadpole'.Over 46,000 pieces of the bald-headed eagle float on every square mile of ocean.The bald-headed eagle was declared extinct in 1902.If you put a drop of liquor on the bald-headed eagle, it will go mad and sting itself to death.In the Spanish edition of Cluedo, the bald-headed eagle is the victim.The bald-headed eagle can sleep for three and a half years!The c…

star stuff

'We are all star stuff; the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out"
- Delenn, to Capt Sheridan (Babylon 5)

I've always liked that "star stuff" statement :-)

And star stuff in human form are trying to help figure out the universe in numerous ways:

From Mensa Barbie's articles HERE and HERE, I found out about the Stardust mission which retrieved the first samples from a comet named Wild 2, which was about 500 million miles from Earth when Stardust launched in 1999. After its historic return to Earth earlier this month, scientists believe this Stardust's cargo will help provide answers to fundamental questions about the origins of the solar system. NASA Stardust page HERE. Christian Science Monitor "What scientists hope to learn from a wisp of comet dust: Star dust from NASA's mission is expected to shed light on the genesis of the Earth's solar system" article HERE

sometimes it's not so rosy a picture: today marks the 20th…

a rude awakening!

tatatataTAtata ta tatatataTAtata ta tatataTAtata ta TAAAAAAAH

My phone was making this awful noise this morning.
... well, I *had* taken it off its usual silent mode setting so that it could be used as Kosh's Alarm #3 (Backup #2)
... and he needs the alarms cos he has a 730am interview in Chicagoland, and we were at his sis' place which is about 1 hr away, so we had alarms set to go off between 430am - 5am.

... So why was my phone going off at 4am?

tatatataTAtata ta tatatataTAtata ta tatataTAtata ta TAAAAAAAH

Kosh stumbles out of bed to retrieve it, hands it to me.

I fumble with it, look at the screen, looking for the "snooze" or "done" option, but instead it says "answer" or "send busy" or "mute"

tatatataTAtata ta tatatataTAtata ta tatataTAtata ta TAAAAAAAH

I stare blankly at it, while it's still making that noise
... the ring tone is, after all, the "tap to"/ rise and shine trumpet call tune... at a pretty high volume...



Whoohooo! This is my 300th post for this blog :-)

In honor of this special occasion, I'd like to share the news about this really cool shelving concept that's just hit the walls:

It looks like Linky & Dinky are branching out beyond trolling the 'net for kewl links. You can see more pix & info at their magicSHELF page... and read about the Museum of Hoaxes' investigation of magicSHELF - certified "not a hoax".


... there were a few other things to blog about, but right now my brain just wants to sleep. And it's only 1115pm?!

nvm, will tackle these blogworthy thoughts tomorrow, I suppose :p

Have a good weekend, everyone!

a mighty wind...

... a mighty wind's a-blowin'
it's blowin' you and me!

Thus ended the song from the movie / spoof documentary A Mighty Wind (a close cousin to This Is Spinal Tap, for those not in the know)

...But a mighty wind is also what's blowin outside right now!

It toppled 3 out of the 4 recycle bins ... me & Kosh righted them, plus put most of the crap back into the bins.. then just as we were halfway across the parking lot, we heard a mighty THUD and guess what? Yeah, one of them was back down again, LOL!

Well, at least we made an effort... :p

The library has a mini-display, its topic changes every few weeks. This one's been up for some time, and always catches my eye when I pass... the "topic" is "Don't Judge A Good Book by its Movie." Some books on display include The Cider House Rules (movie starring Tobey Maguire of Spidey fame), the LOTR books, and a few others.

Today I noticed a new addition - Stephen King's Dreamcatcher! I have…

getting to know Gandhi

Reading Gandhi’s autobiography My Experiments with Truth was definitely… interesting.

...While it was written in a simple manner, it wasn’t something I could just rush through ... And it didn’t seem appropriate reading material while in the can :p

All in all it took me almost two weeks to finish it!

Here are my thoughts and reactions to it:
The narration style was very simple, certainly a reflection of the person he was.

ahimsa … hate the sin and not the sinner … “it is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself”

It was a bit frustrating when he’d refer to events that were assumed the reader knew about (details of the satyagraha movement in South Africa, or the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, for example). I feel so *historically illiterate*…

I realize I have had no concept of time in relation to Gandhi and *when* all this was taking place. Keeping it straight in my head that he was born in 1869, that he l…

have they no shame??

I never thought I'd emulate SnglGuy's post of highlighting a mutation of the Nigeria scam, but this just appeared in my mailbox, and just left me amazed... read on:I am AMINA ABID from GHANA.I am married to Late Mallam ABDULKARIM ABID of blessed memory who is an oil explorer in Kuwait for twelve years before he died in the year2000.We were married for twelve years without a child.He died after abrief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both devoted Muslims.Since his death I too have been battling with both Cancer and fibroid problems.

When my late Husband was alive he deposited the sum of $10.5million (Ten Million,Five Hundred thousand U.S Dollars) with a Finance Company .Recently,my doctor told me that I have only six months to live due to cancer problem.Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to either a Muslem organization or the victims of pakistan earthquake . I want this Mu…

a weird tag...

Actually I'd seen this "5 weird things meme" on some other blogs, and had idly wondered how I would respond...

... after all...
You Are 40% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!How Weird Are You?

... well, thanx to SnglGuy who tagged me recently, I'm getting a chance to actually provide examples of my weirdness....

So, after quite a bit of introspection, here are 5 weird things about myself:
When I get hooked on something, i REALLY get hooked on something!
...Some might even say obsessed...
A good example is my discovering a book/author like Michael Connely, then going on to devour every book he's ever produced, from the beginning, in chronological order. Another example would be Piers Anthony's Xanth series. And sudoku. And in tv-land? Babylon 5, definitely! Oh, and Angel (reading the episode guides for the entire 5 seasons cos I just *had* to know what was going to happen!?). And to a lesser exte…

are you a home owner?

One aspect of my sense of humor is playing with words...

Here's an example:The tv was on in the background.
Some infomercial type thing came on.

A question was asked "are you a home owner?"
But the way it was pronounced, it sounded like "are you a homo-ner?"

So i said out loud: "Are you a gay-ner?"

Kosh was blur until i explained "you know... homo-ner, gay-ner... get it?"

Not only did he get it, he then, errr, "expanded" on it: "Hey, I knew a Gaynor once - he was an asshole"

I start laughing..

He adds: "Really! He was a jerk!"

Seeing its effect on me, Kosh digs up a few more: "He was a dick! A jock too!"

By this point I'm just howling with laughter :p

Okay, so it went well past the original play on words, but what the heck - it was funny while it lasted :-)

Da poor b-day boy! (updated)

... So we had our ribs & Bab 5 session yesterday.

Then he passed out for a bit.

Then did some work grading papers and stuff.

Only at ~2am was he ready to head over to the location of work to set-up vidcams for the med students’ practice sessions that start 730am saturday. Me tired, but me accompany him to help out anyway..

Shouldn’t have taken too too long, seeing as we’d already done a similar set up last week.

But one of the cams was missing a part of its power cord!?
And the friggin tripod that didn’t seem to grip anything right tipped one of the other cams sending it crashing to the floor.

Bottom line? Only 5 usable cams when 6 were required.

This was going to wreak havoc on an already tight and long schedule… ugh!!

Not much we could do right then, so Kosh puttered around a bit more (and I took adantage of some free time to tweak the previous canasta draft and post it – anyone noticed the time of that post?), and headed back around 5am.

I passed out in bed, while Kosh said he’d be be…

Canasta fever!

What with Kosh busy most of the time with work/studies, we end up not going out much. While he’s out for the day, I pretty much amuse myself with blog/computer time, and/or reading, and/or workout. Once he’s back, and he’s vegetated in front of the tv enough to feel human again, we face the challenge of what to do with our time!

Magic: The Gathering
One of Kosh's fave games from his undergrad days... He taught me to play when I first came over here, and we’ve spent many an hour (and day!) doing battle… The timing was just right too, as they were releasing a completely new and different set called Kamigawa: we were both quite keen on exploring the new cards and testing out their capabilities. However, it is also a damn bloody frustrating game because so much of it depends on luck of the draw; it got to the point that playing was no more fun and actually extremely stressful for me, and for Kosh as being on the receiving end of my frustrations. We now rarely play this, and only if I’v…

Kosh is President for the day!

Remember Marilyn Monroe's scandalous rendition of the Happy Birthday song sung for JFK?

In homage to that, Kosh is President for the day - today is/was his birthday!

Happy Birthday, babes!

Can't really mark it with anything special today or tomorrow, seeing as he is being kept busy with his work...

... so we had our "bbq beef ribs & Babylon 5" for dinner as our "treat" instead.

he'll probably only be in shape/mood to mark the occasion on Sunday,

poor baby!

Did you hear about...

... the guy in India who's not dead?

The thing is, everyone in his family thinks he's dead, and therefore when he recently turned up at the doorstep, the family is convinced it's his ghost that's come back to haunt them.

How did this happen? It seems that "...rumors over his death began when he was sent to prison in October for a minor tax infraction. He fell ill there and was transferred to a prison hospital in another district, from where word spread that he had died and that his body had been cremated because no one had retrieved it. After being turned away by his neighbors after his release, he finally went to the police, who are trying to help convince the people of Katra that he is alive..."

All the best to him!! ((Yahoo!News article HERE)

And this reminded me of what could essentially be the other side of the coin, as explored in one of the episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest: A prisoner who is serving a life sentence dies en route to the hospital due…

Light Blogging Day : Little Tony jokes

I received quite a few of these, but only these two I deemed blog-worthy.


LITTLE TONY ON MATHLittle TONY returns from school and says he got an F in arithmetic.

"Why?" asks the father ?

"The teacher asked, 'How much is 2x3,' " I said "6", replies TONY.

"But that's right !" says his dad.

"Yeah, but then she asked me "How much is 3x2 ?"

"What's the fucking difference ?" asks the father.

"That's what I said !"

Little TONY goes to school, and the teacher says, "Today we are going to learn multi-syllable words, class. Does anybody have an example of a multi-syllable word ?"

TONY says, "Mas-tur-bate."

Miss Rogers smiles and says, "Wow, little TONY, that's a mouthful."

Little TONY says, "No, Miss Rogers, you're thinking of a blowjob."

it pains me...

... so many things wrong with my country - here's yet another symptom: morality squad to prevent sins. A blog article HERE.


then... okay so I don't know just HOW this fella chronicled his "problems" with his car (i.e. did he just lash out, did he make unprovable allegations, etc) - but still - shutting down his blog??? Read here: Court bars tirade on Malaysian Web Site


and then... the recent bomb in Penang? (The Star article HERE) is it *really* "nothing to be worried about; an isolated incident"??

... ... ...

Happiness as a social dysfunction?

(Thanx to Reema for this quiz)

Your Social Dysfunction:

You're a happy person - you have a good amount of self-esteem, and are socially healthy. While this isn't a social dysfunction per se, you're definitely not normal. Consider yourself lucky: you walk that fine line between 'normal' and being outright narcissistic. You're rare - which is something else to be happy about.

Take this quiz at

Please note that we aren't, nor do we claim to be, psychologists. This quiz is for fun and entertainment only. Try not to freak out about your results.

... and on an unrelated note - I finally found myself in the TTLB (The Truth Laid Bear) ecosystem - right now I'm a slimy mollusc! That's the 6th from the bottom out of 16 categories, or ranked #10700 out of 48089. Kewl :-)

... sith, oz & floyd, potter and more - oh my!

Recently, Kosh and I put to the test some stuff we'd heard about off of the net:

1. Of siths and kitchen sinksDid you know that for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith... In the opening sequence when the second Separatist ship is destroyed a piece of debris flies into the Clone Star destroyer that shot it. That piece of debris is a Kitchen Sink. It was it put in there by ILM as a joke from someone saying, "We're throwing everything in the sequence but the kitchen sink." (from HERE, 19th (i think) bullet point down)

I found this bit of trivia *after* we'd seen the movie, but well before the DVD was released. It's been on my mind ever since - one of those things that I just *have* to see for myself...

Of course, I wasn't in any hurry to see the movie again (yes, it was the best of the latter/newer three, but NOTHING close to the original movies!!), but once the DVD was available, we managed to get it from the library.

I proceeded to waste maybe half…

15 reasons…

You can have more than one beer at a time
You can get the size beer you want – even a long neck
A beer won’t give you whisker burns
You can suck on one beer all night long in you want
A beer doesn’t have to be hard to be good
You don’t have to finish a beer in 2 minutes – you can take as long as you want
A beer doesn’t expect you to be true while it runs around
A beer satisfies you every time
A beer is always there when you want it
If you pour a beer correctly you can have as big a head as you want
It takes a long time for a beer to go flat
Even when you pop your beer’s top, you can still have a long stiff one
Beers don’t expect you to be faithful and ask “Is there another beer?”
You can have a quick beer on your lunch hour
If you want to change beers, you don’t need a lawyer
Figure it out yet? The above list is “15 reasons why a beer is better than a man"

I have a sweatshirt with that list – I really dunno if I bought it for myself, or if it was a gag gift from someone… either way, I’m getting…

Starting the new year with Omens?

Hey, I just realised that yesterday was Friday the Thirteenth!

And on a related note:

A few weeks ago, it suddenly occurred to me that I wanted to see the Omen / Damien movies. I'd seen at least two of them, a long time ago... on Malaysian TV... so can you say terribly interrupted by commercials AND butchered by the censors?

Thinking back, I wonder how the movies were even ALLOWED to be aired in Malaysia...

Aaaanyways... so we got The Omen (1976) from the library. I hardly remembered ANY of it! And I really doubt the decapitation scene made it to Malaysian screens! Oh, and the early part of the film, with the birthday party for Damien - I somehow pictured a similar scene in Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. Didn't quite like that book (I think I'm not into Prachett's style too much?), but I may just refresh my memory, since I've got that birthday scene in my head :p

I recognised a lot more scenes from The Omen II: Damien (1978): I thought the &qu…

misc blogthings ...


It's been a long day. Past midnight now. Hanging out at Kosh's workplace while he puts finishing touches for stuff that he's organising Saturday morning.

In the meantime, I'm surfing aimlessly, and going thru a few quizzes:

You Are 40% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!How Weird Are You?

^^^ that is hilarious!!! ^^^


You are a Self-Discoverer
You're not religious, but you've created your own kind of spirituality.
Introspective and thoughtful, you tend to look inward for the divine.
You are distrusting of all forms of organized religion.
You especially dislike religious gurus and leaders, who you feel are charlatans.What's Your Religious Philosophy?

^^^ pretty true ... ^^^

And seeing as I will be looking into some further studies tho not for another year or so...
You Should Get a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)
You're a blooming artistic talent, even if you aren't quite convinced.

Effects of the Ferrari-less Monk

Remember The Monk who sold his Ferrari I’d been recommended to read? Well, I had placed an order with the local library for a copy, picked it up a few days ago, and I started reading it last night. Finished it today.

It was kinda amusing reading it cos I’d inadvertently ordered the large-print version – so I felt like I was reading a kid’s book :-D

But frankly, I’m disappointed with the book.

There are some gems hidden within its pages, true, but said gems are hidden among a poorly constructed, poorly told “fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching your destiny” which in itself is just a less-coherent simple re-hashing of Covey’s 7 Habits.

I was also really bored, because like all those other self-help books out there, there’s nothing new contained within its pages. And, so much of what is said within those pages I already practice, or have practiced, or had practiced, for a long time. I was never one who’s all caught up in the corporate rat race. Even though I know my rise…

The Power of Programming ... and its consequences

I know of a Malay woman who just could not bring herself to eat ANY Chinese food, or even step foot into any Chinese restaurant. Why? Because her parents had raised her to think of all Chinese as dirty disgusting unclean non-Muslim scum, what’s why! And while this person had learned to function and interact fine with Chinese people, she just. Couldn’t. Eat. Their. Food. She’s tried – she’d puked. She couldn’t overcome her programming, despite being aware of it.

This is an example of Malaysia’s “racial & religious tolerance” the country boasts about.

Slightly over a year ago, I was discussing food with NS, a relatively close friend from my schooldays. She for some reason deemed it fit to advise me on what food to eat (the halal/haram issue) while I was going to be bumming around in the states. She said she was quoting her father, who is quite the religious type: “Eating kosher meat is fine. If you can’t find that, if you want you can eat food prepared by Christians or white p…

Bad News: show me the money!!

(This is a long-overdue continuation of my "Good News" post in early November 2005)

The Good News was that my winning that Marvel Award was finally confirmed.

This came with a $$$ prize.

So... show me the money!!

First: the continually unhelpful Chem Dept:
I asked them "... isn't there some sort of cash award associated with it? If so, how would I go about claiming it, ten years later?"

Their answer "It was $200 or $250, I believe. As far as claiming, I would check in [an office just across from their lazy asses]."

Geez, can't they even give me a proper amount????
Anyway, in the end, I was advised to go to Student Loans department, thos I really wonder why, seeing as I didn't take out any loans here, I was under a scholarship mah? Nevermind... Let's see if this gets me anywhere...

Student Loans Dept
I finally find the friggin' building, talk to someone who is helpful but doesn't really know how she can help or why I was pointed to the St…

Oh Ireland, how I cry for thee...

"What did I have?" said the fine old woman
"What did I have?" this proud old woman did say
"I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
But strangers came and tried to take them from me
I had fine strong sons, they fought to save my jewels
They fought and died, and that was my grief" said she

"Long time ago" said the fine old woman
"Long time ago" this proud old woman did say
"There was war and death, plundering and pillage
My children starved by mountain valley and sea
And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens
My four green fields ran red with their blood" said she

"What have I now?" said the fine old woman
"What have I now?" this proud old woman did say
"I have four green fields, one of them's in bondage
In stranger's hands, that tried to take it from me
But my sons have sons, as brave as were their fathers
My fourth green field will bloom once again" said she

Lyrics from HERE

The a…

mythological? but I exist!!

Many thanx to Dawn the unicorn for pointing me to this quiz:

What mythological creature are you?
brought to you by Quizilla
"Wings stir the sunlight dust
of the cathedral in which
the Past is buried
to its chin in marble."
A hippogryph is a cross between a griffin and a horse. You are very loyal and committted. Thus, you are a perfect fit for marraige or relationships. You are close to your friends and they appreciate you very much. You love the taste of freedom as does Pegasus. You are the perfect warrior. Obtaining swiftness and sharpness you are hard to beat down. Yet, you can be regal when the time is right.

Let's review the results, shall we?

A hippogryph is a cross between a griffin and a horse.
yep, I am a half-breed, all right...

You are very loyal and committted.
True. I think many people would like to see me committed.

Thus, you are a perfect fit for marraige or relationships.
Oh, THAT kind of committed ah? Yeah, that works too :-)

You are close to…