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a half-baked AIDS-related query

i was all indignant and wanted to really give this a whole lot of effort... but it's 2am, and I'm not going to have much time tomorrow b4 i head off to the boozefest weekend with the gals.

So, here are some links, do click and read while they are still valid.
1. NST 30 June 2006: Spotlight: HIV: The rising fear factor
2. NST 30 June 2006 Spotlight: Blood test for couples poser
3. The Star 30 June 2006 HIV Blood doners[sic] to face jail term


Some reactions

1. Out of the blue , all of a sudden, this "donating of AIDS-infected blood" is a huge issue that requires a law to criminalise such acts? What on earth happened that this suddenly blows up? Did some VIP's relative get infected via blood transfusion therefore there's this hoo-hah?? I'm not negating the message here - heck if you KNOWINGLY donate "contaminated" blood of any sort, i do hope there's a corner of hell set aside especially for ya - but I am *so* curious why it's suddenly sp…

2006 books (Part 1)

... as mentioned early this year: I was going to keep track of the books I read this year, just so I have a record of sorts of my voracious reading appetite... and I *have* been keeping track... but seeing as I've already consumed over 40 books, it's going to be waaaaay to long a list to publish only in Jan '07, I decided to make it a two-parter.

So here the books for the first half of 2006:
January
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Well, I *finished* (re-)reading it in 2006 :p Always an excellent read: the Arthurian legend from a highly female perspective.

It - Stephen King
Another re-read, but it was pretty fresh since I'd forgotten so much detail!

Forrest Gump - Winston Groom
Yet another re-read: finally decided to refresh myself on just how different the movie was from the original book which I'd read in the early 90's: yep, VERY different. But the movie captures the spirit of the book well, and while it takes so many liberties, I think it turned out muc…

obsessive and compulsive? moi??

Yeah, that would be an apt description of me these past few days.

Spurred by the thought of perhaps being able to leave for the U.S. within a month or so, I started going through some boxes of my stuff: setting aside stuff I want to bring with me (whether as luggage on plane, or ship via sea mail).

And figured it would be really good if I made a list of the contents of these boxes, since, well, I may not remember in a few years' time, eh?

And since most of the boxes contained books, I started essentially calatoging them.

Author, title, series, ISBN, box #, etc etc.Kosh was errrr incredulous that I was even listing the ISBN ("listing that number just because it's there is like adding the artist of each Magic card I have" : not *quite* the same thing, right? heehehe! Oh, and that list of Magic cards? I did that, LOL! with the same degree of obsession and compulsion too!).
Ran out of "my" stuff.. and am now going through the other books in the apartment.

And…

music memories revue

Music has always been an important part of my life.

The original source of music was my parents' collection of vinyls. They had The Beatles' HELP album, which I loved. I discovered excellent Irish folk songs from an album by Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers. Later, my parents bought the Voulez-Vous album by ABBA: I loved almost every song! So ABBA became one of my fave groups. (I was barely 9 years old, i think). I also discovered Gene Pitney. And the Bee Gees. But the FIRST will always be the sountrack of The Sound of Music: I'd spend hours sitting right by the speakers listening to it over and over and over again - I knew all the songs well before I ever saw the movie!

I'd sing along to all these songs, imagining I was part of the band, or fantasising myself into a situation being described by the song. At one point, I imagined that the "screams" on Dizzy Miss Lizzy were being provided by Ringo, a Ringo who was being beaten up by the other Beatles to ge…

... then why have a TV?

I am puzzled.

I noticed that every Coffee Bean outlet I've been to recently has had a TV installed: obviously temporary in nature. I assumed it was for customers to be able to watch the World Cup.

But I was at a Beanie tonight, and the TV wasn't on.

And it was (still is) one of the matches I figured everyone would want to watch: Brazil vs Ghana. Brazil. Isn't that one of the fave teams?

But ... the TV stayed in its corner, dark and silent.

If you're not going to put the game on, why bother having the TV, y'all?

And really - WHY bother with the TV when the earliest game is at 11pm local Malaysian time (okay so previously they started at 10pm) and you SWITCH OFF THE LIGHTS at 1145pm?

No, I'm not bitter that I had to pack up the laptop in the dark.

I just think that giving your customers a bit of warning, like, oh, maybe flicking the lights off and back on 5 minutes before you switch them off for real *might* help people like me not get pissed off at ya. Just s…

i got brained?!

H/T: View From the Cloud

Brain Lateralization Test Results Right Brain (60%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (46%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?
personality tests by similarminds.com

Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.

Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to c…

some LOLs for ya

Okay so most of us know that when a group of geese get together, one refers to them as "a gaggle of geese", right?

But... have you heard of...
An obstinacy of bisons?
A coalition of cheetahs?
A cast of falcons?
A smack of jellyfish?
A surfeit of skunks?I hadn't, until I stumbled across this pretty comprehensive list of Names of Males, Females, Babies, and Groups of Animals.

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now THIS is why you shouldn't take candy from strangers!

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okay, I've heard of the poor girl named Ima by her parents, Mr & Mrs Hogg. It seems there are even worse (read: funnier! so long it's not yours!) names in the phonebook.

my fave: RECTION, Hugh G

They HAVE to be changing their names on purpose, on their own... because I really don't think parents would name their son JABLOME, Haywood, would they???

(the above links courtesy of Linky & Dinky, btw)

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don't remember who to H/T for this one: some fler's 100 GREATEST
MOVIE POSTERS OF ALL TIME
. Some are inte…

Of celebrities and language…

In the news: today’s The Star

Page N1OMG surely the goings-on of local celebrities does NOT need to make it to the front page? So what if Siti Nurhaliza *may* be dating this Datuk K fella…. What appears on today’s front page is mere speculation!

After much persuasion, the reporter managed to squeeze a statement of “I will make an announcement in early July” out of Datuk K: is that worthy of a front page slot? I think not.

Reminds me of when the (new, crappy) Malay Mail went around interviewing people on the street for their opinions of this match: someone actually said something like “Well, Siti *is* a celebrity and therefore we as her fans have a right to know what’s going on”. I’m sorry, but I think that’s ridiculous.

Enough already!

There are much more important things going on in this world than marriage speculation!
Page N4: King: Make BM universal language
“I believe Bahasa Malaysia* is capable of becoming a universal language in this region.” “… the language of unity, kno…

eggheads beware!

Fancy an egg?

How about a hard-boiled egg?

Like this one here.

Looks normal?

Anything unusual?

Anything?

Anything at all?

Seriously, anything???



Well, it seems that this egg was "boiled" by phones?!

Yep... cooked by phones!

Found this at AskForFun's place, btw.

I *did* hunt for something on this at snopes but came up with nothing.

Is this for real?

Anyone?

(i like the use of ciggie boxes as phone holders - wonder if the aura of tobacco influenced the trial any? LOL!)

messages of greetings

A scene from many many years ago:
A phone call:

A: Hi! What's going on?

Me: Hi... what do you mean what's going on?

A: You sounded like you're in trouble or something?

Me: Huh?

A: Your voice message! Are you all right?

Me: (MAJOR lightbulb!) Aiyah, you've never head that message before ah? Joke only mah!
The voice message in question?Hi! I'm not answering calls right now because I'm trying to avoid someone... so please just leave me a message and I'll get back to you. And if I don't, well, maybe YOU'RE the one I'm avoiding! Haaahaha!(Or something to that effect lah)

I'm still amused when I think about it: can't believe someone actually took that message seriously! I suppose she never got that e-mail listing humourous answering machine messages that circulates in cyberspace every few years or so... :p

Anyways... then... my most recent voice recording has garnered a lot of reactions, some of which are as below:

B: errr, i think you should …

the contents of my mind....

yes, i've been quiet...... i've been busy,,,,,, busy reading. :p

I discovered my Isobelle Carmody Obernewtyn books and decided to reread them. And for those who have yet to pick up this series, I urge you, please do! :D

But it's not just those books tho - have picked up a few others, some noteworthy, some not so...

no worries, even if I don't come up with a proper review for them all, I am listing them all down with a brief description/reaction... tho since I'm at over 40 now, I may publish a 6-month list instead of a year's worth of reads as originally planned!

aaaaaaaanyways,,,,,a series I discovered recently - Jim Butcher's The Harry Dresden Files - is being made into a tv-series.

And there had been this campaign to get James Marsters (SPIKE!!!!!) to play the role of Harry. (In the end, Paul Blackthorne has been chosen. Oh well.)

Turns out ol' Spike's been doing the audio versions of the books!

Small world :-)

Oh, btw, he's a Leo (20th August),…

i suppose i was an early bird...

... because I'd certainly caught a worm! :p

that previous entry about the lesbo email thingy? was a worm targetting Yahoo!Mail users. thanx for all y'all's comments/thoughts on that, btw.

but that's not why i've been silent....

... i suspect the PC's modem might be fried or something... i just. can't. dial. up! but using the exact same connection with the laptop is fine. grrrrrr!

... and then... can't sign in to blogger... so I'm doing this via flickr... we'll see lah if this gets posted or not....

"this" being the pic of the 11 of us who attended the pseudo-reunion a week ago. i was going to list all 11 of us, but that would involve coming up with too many pseudonyms at a time when my brain is feeling a bit fried.

so no names lah.

which one am I? the one in green lah! ;-)

ohhhh cr*p!

i got an email from a Lost Blogger.. two, actually, from the same person; same subject line and all, i think it was "new pix update" or something like that. opened one, and it seemed to be this majorly forwarded email to do with lesbian photos or something.

deleted them both.

i didn't open no attachments, yo

but a few mins ago Kosh IM'd asked me why i'd forwarded him some lesbo email.

awww cr*p!

Kosh has been having trouble getting his butt outta c-u and into chicago - tons of loose ends to tie up maah. and the suspicion of having his 'puter infected is going to see him obsessing over THAT for a few hours, eh?

wonder if Macs are immune???

oh, and that particular email account? that's the one I use for not just blog-related stuff, but for correspondance with my ex-colleagues from my ex-work.

double cr*p

so sorry y'all!

I'm updating Spybot AND Avira as I type, and will be letting them do their jobs while i try to catch some sleep. I've gotta be in th…

soooooooo tempted!

... okay so if you remember from a while ago, i got information on the hoops i need to jump through.. (click... and see the "update" in green at the bottom)

So.. have been doing some "jumping" based on that "info pack",,, and recently I got info on the *next* phase, involving of course new hoops and another set of forms.

So, I went online lah hunting for newer versions of these forms. Couldnt find 'em anywhere.

So... i wrote "them" an email seeking clarification on a few things, including the following:
I have looked online for the soft-copy versions of the [...] forms [provided the form #'s], but to no avail [inserted site where the other forms had been obtained]. Are they in fact available online?
Their unedited reply:
Why are you looking for soft copies while you have the hard copies with you..? Anyway, this forms are not available online.
Can I reply as follows?
Hmmmm, let's see... maybe it's because ALL the hard copy forms you…

it's been a while...

... since i last blogged... blame blogger lah. I logged to post so often, but all i'd get was some half-loaded page. grrrrrrr!

Anyways, it was an eventful weekend:

Saturday
1. "supported" mom who gave a talk to a bunch of expats, kinda like a brief overview of names and titles in Malaysia: explaining different aspects of Malay/Chinese/Indian names PLUS the frigging honorifics and titles (Dato' vs Datuk, for example).

2. Took Veya for a massage/torture session. She survived (of course, the auntie did soft-soft lah, first-timer maaah!). She says she's up for more sessions. Muaaahahahaaaa!

Sunday
ST MARIANS "CLASS OF '89" PSEUDO-REUNION!! pix and details later.

Monday
1. release of Rail's not-so-little-anymore terrapin into the wild [a pond in a nearby housing area]
2. fung shui shopping @ mid valley [saw one or two potential items : my fave was this pair of mandarin ducks in rose quartz on a jade leaf]
3. essentially from 10am - 930pm talk talk…

lynne the quizmeister

H/T: Tyler :)

Take the quiz:
What Kind of Music Are You? :::pics:::

Emo
You are all about yourself. You're a lover and when things don't go your way you become depressed. Chances are you're a very nice and likeable person but most people don't see that in you. You endulge in writing poetry and music and perhaps art. You're all about being loved and sometimes it gets to the point that your love becomes selfishness.
Quizzes by myYearbook.com -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!
Hmmm... really???



Which OS are You?
Hmmm... this sounds more like it, down to the "my mother doesn't understand me" bit, LMAO!


And... this one, which included the question "what is your favorite African nation?" with possible answers:
MyanmarFrancePeruLebanonUzbekistan

Which Nigerian spammer are You?

hey... that's not even a Nigerian! LMAO!

Found one last one:
Take the quiz:
Which Magical Dark Creature Are You?

Witch
We all know that there are some good witches out there in the …

twenty three

Last December i realised I had 30.

In March, the number had gone down to 21, and I shaved it even further down to 16 after a marathon of posts.

But... now... my drafts are back up to 23!! arrgh!!

.. and that's *excluding* stuff on paper I'd jotted down: some misc thoughts plus reviews of the various books i've consumed recently.

... ... but when i sit in front of the PC, instead of working offline, I get online to check emails ... then since/while I'm online I might as well go check out my blog reads... then the creative juices get kinda stunted cos i'm doing passive surfing instead of active typing... ...

i *do* want to clear this "backlog" of posts....
mañana!

A greeeeeeeen sunday coming up!

P. O. P. E. pope sedang meletup di ataslah terak Stadium Merdeka
Kami sorakkan agar berjaya kerana itulah idaman semuaA pseudo-cheer (more like a song with changed lyrics) for my "house" in high school.

We were all assigned "houses" of different colors (the usual being red blue green & yellow), and that was how we were grouped for sports activities.

In primary school, I was in yellow house. Felt no affiliation or loyalty one way or another.

But in SECONDARY school, it all changed.... there seems to be more "spirit" associated with your "house".

A lot of my friends and I were assigned to the green house.

Unfortunately, pope house had a history of being last all the time. Malaysians being Malaysians, so many popians didn't like being in the losing color, and didn't have much spiritor enthusiasm, therefore certainly not helping in getting the house on par with the others.

Never mind. My friends and I, we turned it around. So what if …

azan memories

it is around 715pm, and the calls to prayer are heard all over town.

i am transported back to my early tweenage years.we are at a beach in Port Dickson. it is one of the rare occasions that we are together with the relatives: for a variety of reasons, my dad isn't "close" with his family, and it's rare to get toegther apart from the mandatory Aidil Fitri and other occasions.

Someone's rented a beachhouse, and we all converged there for the weekend.

i am standing on some rocks with my cousin, as night falls.

It's maghrib, and the muezzins start calling out the azan.

I'm talking or joking with my cousin, and she hushes me up.

I'm puzzled and rather taken aback. She was okay 30 seconds ago!

Yeah so it's prayer time... so what??

I notice she's whispering stuff, perhaps following along with the words of the azan.

(I learn much much later that there are some "call-out lines" [whisper-along lines?] recommended when one hears the call to prayer).

I …

pungent!

Dinner last night consisted of:
garlic naan
butter chicken
mutton khima
palak paneer (spinach)
brinjal pajeri
... SO WHY DID MY PEE THIS MORNING SMELL LIKE I'D CONSUMED LOADS OF DURIAN??

it's all Kosh's fault :p

so we're chatting (Yahoo!messengering lah) today, and he says he noticed my amazon wishlist is kinda out of date... i assumed it was Bab5 related stuff... kinda... then he mentions the Bab5:Lost Rangers movie i'd not heard of... i kinda follow the link... again get sucked into looking at stuff about the recently late G'Kar... find out he was the one-armed man in The Fugitive... and that he was in an episode of Enterprise (I'd been all excited before, when finding out he was on ST:TNG as a Romulan)... stumbled across a Bab5 links site - okay so many links were expired, but among those still active, I found Claudia Christian's site (really weird to see her as a girl-girl, as opposed to the more "macho"/tough (!) Ivanova); Shadows In The Dark - a Bab5 parody about changing a lightbulb .. omg i almost spit water all over the screen at some of the lines [Garibaldi) I said he smuggled light bulbs, I didn't say he was bright.]; and something i'll just ha…

a tragedy strikes (for the FIFTH time??!!)

A FIFTH fatal landslide since 1993 has occurred in the Ulu Klang area. (photos; news)

And the same bugger fler who pissed me off about dealing with the the flood issue, this time taking on the persona of a fuming toyo(L), has the gall to place all the blame on developers who insist on building on steep gradients. ... ... Forgetting, yet again, that even though people may have the bad idea of wanting to build not just houses but huuuuge apartments on hillsides, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT to approve or reject such projects.

And if they are stupid enough to approve such projects, to then CHECK and ENFORCE whatever caveats/conditions imposed on such projects.

... and not that I'm saying the developer is blameless, but,,, so what if "the state government’s technical team foresaw the problem and had recommended the developer take mitigation measures to prevent a landslide"?? As I understand the meaning of the word "recommend", they were ADVISED, n…

if I had a penis...

Thanx to Keb, I found out that IF my name was Lynne and I had a penis, it would be named:
Your Penis Name Is...
Free WillyPenis Name Generator

L. M. A. O.!

And what would be more appropriate, at this stage, than sharing the lyrics to this magnificient Monty Python ditty?

Penis Song

Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?
Isn't it frightfully good to have a dong?
It's swell to have a stiffy.
It's divine to own a dick,
From the tiniest little tadger
To the world's biggest prick.
So, three cheers for your Willy or John Thomas.
Hooray for your one-eyed trouser snake,
Your piece of pork, your wife's best friend,
Your Percy, or your cock.
You can wrap it up in ribbons.
You can slip it in your sock,
But don't take it out in public,
Or they will stick you in the dock,
And you won't. come. back.
Guaranteed to bring a smile on my face! And while we're on the subject, here are some of my other faves from the Monty Python Sings album (in no particular order):
Eric the Half a Bee
The …