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Color me ... restrained?

H/T Dawn for pointing out this Color Quiz.

I took it twice: the first one seemed relatively on target, but I also felt I'd thought too hard about my choices, so i went ahead and took the test again while giving it almost no thought.

Here are the results:
Existing Situation:
1. Volatile and outgoing. Needs to feel that events are developing along desired lines, otherwise irritation can lead to changeability or superficial activities.

2. Is seeking a solution to existing problems or anxieties, but is liable to find it difficult to decide on a right course to follow.

Stress Sources:
1. An existing situation or relationship is unsatisfactory, but she feels unable to change it to bring about the sense of belonging which she needs. Unwilling to expose her vulnerability, she therefore continues to resist this state of affairs, but feels dependent on the attachment. This not only depresses her. but makes her irritable and impatient, producing considerable restlessness and the urge to get awa…

Fillers: WWTD & a tiger jigsaw puzzle

Filler #1: A golf-related chuckle found in my email inbox some time ago:
A couple was on their honeymoon, lying in bed, about ready to consummate their marriage, when the new bride says to the husband, "I have a confession to make, I'm not a virgin."

The husband replies, "That's no big thing in this day and age."

The wife continues, "Yeah, I've been with one guy."

"Oh yeah? Who was the guy?"

"Tiger Woods."

"Tiger Woods, the golfer?"


"Well, he's rich, famous and handsome. I can see why you went to bed with him."

The husband and wife then make passionate love.

When they are done, the husband gets up and walks to the telephone.

"What are you doing?" asks the wife.

The husband says, "I'm hungry, I was going to call room service and get something to eat."

"Tiger wouldn't do that."

"Oh yeah? What would Tiger do?"

"He'd come back to bed and d…

shingle bells, shingle bells...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...

... my brother and maternal grandmother were exposed to a chicken pox carrier at the same time; they both presented with symptoms that Christmastime: my brother proceeded to get better over the following few weeks, while my grandmother has been plagued with shingles [or, perhaps "postherpetic neuralgia" is more correct] ever since.

[Same virus, but different effect on its victim, depending on the victim's age.]

Two weeks later, the day before my flight back to Malaysia, those pesky spots appeared on *my* body! I took the flight back anyway, and hoped I didn't spread it to anyone on the plane :p

My bout of chicken pox was very very very mild: nothing on my face; most of the spots were on my torso. But there weren't THAT many spots. Sure, they itched, but I had it easy. So mild, in fact, was my late [i was maybe 16 y.o.] encounter with this childhood disease that I have always wondered if I really did build immunity to …

some signs... but pointing to what?

Sign #1:
So yesterday I wrote a pretty toxic post about Aidil Fitri, with full intentions to post it once ready. However, once it was ready [over an hour after starting to type...], something made me "ctrl-a ctrl-c" before hitting publish... and whaddaya know, Blogger was down and everything I'd typed would have been totally lost.

So I pasted that toxicity into a Word file. But by the time I was up and about this morning, I'd figured out a better, less toxic way to say what I'd spewed yesterday. And by the time I was surfing around the net this morning, I figured I was better off not posting what I'd written anyway, for so many reasons.

So instead, I'll just link you to my post of TWO YEARS AGO that raises some of the same things I'd typed, minus the depth, flashbacks and much of the toxicity.

And for those to whom Aidil Fitri actually *means* something beyond the superficial, please allow me to wish you and yours:


Disagree that this …

Holy Ramadhan, Batman!

For the longest time, I have not been paying attention to the news too much.

Sure, I have had the tv on during the news in the afternoons, but that doesn't mean i actually listen too much to what's going on. After all, the U.S. news is *so* u.s.-centric I need to hunt for the BBC news on one of the PBS channels to get a better feel for what's going on "out there"

But a few minutes ago, this headline on the Yahoo! main page caught my eye:Attacks kill 44 in Iraq as Ramadan endsReading this, so many things that are SO WRONG jumped out at me.

Did you know that October has been the deadliest month in terms of U.S. deaths in the past two years? Does this have anything to do with it being Ramadhan? Perhaps these misguided "insurgents" think they are getting bonus points for killing during this holy month?

But you know what? [Not that I'm condoning attacks on U.S. troops, but...] these attacks are not *just* against U.S. troops: on Sunday alone, 44 Iraqis…

I didn't mean to, but ...

[very much related to this previous post]

So Mr Waiter Rant was on the receiving end of some "judgement" wrt his job recently.

Many years ago, I think I did the same thing - tho I really didn't mean to!!

While waiting for my SPM results [end 1989 & early 1990], I worked for a while at Toys R Us,,, and again one summer [1992?] just to keep me occupied. So I knew a few of the managers and all; one of them was this lady - strict yet friendly, and I suppose my "fave" of them all.

Fast forward to maybe 2002 - I and my then-bf and another couple were killing time in Subang Parade, walking past the TRU store there, when I saw a familiar face! So I walked up to her and:

Me: Hi S___, remember me?

S: Oh Hiii! Lynne right? How are you?

Me: I'm doing good. Workin at [xxx] now, since 1995. You're still here though?

Me [to myself] : omg, that sounds so bad! I saw her face change too, oh noooooo!

S: Yes, still here...

[awkward pause]

Me & S: Well, great to see…

The future's so invisible, I gotta wear ... ?

From the headline "Scientists create cloak of invisibility" one would think we are close to getting cloaking technology like that of a Romulan Bird of Prey, or Harry Potter's invisibility cloak... [yahoo news article here]

Of course, in reality, we are nowhere near there yet: gotta love how headlines shout out amazing breakthroughs, when in reality what they are trumpeting is extrapolation from very very basic and preliminary results.

To remind us of basic physics that we've thankfully forgotten from high school / college days: An object is visible to the naked eye when light waves that hit the object are scattered, and some of these waves are reflected back to the eye.

Similarly, equipment that detect things like microwaves and x-rays would be able to "see" waves scattered by the object, even if we can't actually see it with the naked eye. Radar and night-vision goggles pop into my head as examples.

Anyways - so you wanna render something invisible? Do…

cat got your tongue?

Got this from SocialApathy:

Reminds me very much of:
It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt
While this quote has been attributed to so many people including Abe Lincoln and Confucius, even a mysterious Silvan Engel, it probably has its roots in Proverbs 17:28:
"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."

Related would be the admonishment of
if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything!

Of course, the niat, or intention, behind saying "not nice" things needs to be taken into consideration. We've all received this email about Socrates' Triple Filter of Gossip, have we not?
In ancient Greece (469-399 BC) Socrates was well known for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who said excitedly, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates repl…

Movie Meanderings

So last night Kosh and I watched Back to the Future on DVD.

While this movie [and the trilogy] is one of my faves [I just love how you have the same story told in 3 different eras, and how they all fit together], I actually haven't watched them that often - in fact, the 3-movie DVD set Kosh had gotten for me in 2004 had been watched just the once, until now.

So anyway... we were watching... and early on MJF auditions for the band, playing a Huey Lewis & the News song [The Power of Love, I think]... u remember that scene?

Remember the nerdy audition judge who totally didn't appreciate MJF's music, and very quickly cut his audition short?

That was Huey Lewis!
I never noticed that, till last night.

What an awesome cameo!!

But Kosh wasn't convinced, despite numerous "rewinds" to study the face [you gotta look BEYOND those glasses!], so we imdb'd Huey Lewis... and haahahahaaaa EYE WAS RIGHT!! see here, look for Actor - filmography, # 12. Whoohoooo! :-)

I'm …

AaaAAaaAAaaaaaahhh chooooooo!

excuse me

bless me

thank me

[I'm having a cold, in case you didn't figure that out yet]

[tho, it's not a full-blown cold [yet], but considering I've sneezed and had to blow my nose more often today than over the past, oh, month??!! I *think* that indicates some sort of cold hitting my immune system, eh?]

Add to this two nights of lackluster sleep, *and* crappily cold weather,,, all this makes me LYNNE THE ZOMBIE!

On another note - glad so many of you enjoyed the photos I'd featured in the previous post[s] :-)

I'm sure I have tons of intelligent witty things to say/type ... but I think I'll focus my attention on the laundry right now: the dryers should be done soon, then it'll be another hour or so of foldage... by that time, I'll probably be wanting to curl up and zombify until Kosh gets back.

So, till tomorrow, dear readers.


... as promised ...

i did say I'd feature more noteworthy pix I'd gathered from here.. so here goes!

Am I going to be able to look at bowling balls in the same way again????

You know, I've envisioned "faces" on cars [the older beemers, especially], but not, until now, on bowling balls.


Now I gotta go bowling just to see whether this pic was photoshopped or not... ;-)

... and I am so glad in so many ways that our wedding didn't end up like this...

... i mean, look at that horrid poofy white dress!

[rolls eyes] *so* not my style.


Now now, you thought I was going to highlight something else, weren't ya? teeheehee!!

"The Formula of Sex" is quite funny - of course, it takes full advantage of stereotypes and all, but that's what makes it funny lah!

You can try your luck in getting to the red hot sex box....

go ahead, try...

or, be like me, cos I ended up "reverse engineering" to find "The Path", teeheeheee!

Click on the pic to get to the larger imag…

Warning! Major time waster ahead! [plus some pix]

Don't say I didn't warn youuuuuuuuu!

You know those emails you get with a bunch of humourous photos - some "real", many photoshopped, and most of them really quite funny? But if you were to keep each and every one of them, you'd better be good at cataloging them as soon as you save 'em, otherwise, well, they'll just get lost in the black hole that is your "funny pix" folder?

Well, you can now just browse thru over EIGHT HUNDRED (yes, you read right) of such pix, courtesy of Al Lowe and his Random Sight Gag site. Okay so they're not catalogued either, but hey, it's not your hard drive that's cluttered now, eh?

Anyways, after having spent WAAAAAAY too much time clicking through them all, I think there's no need to send me anymore "funny pix" unless they are not among the 800+ on this site, k?


... ... ...

So, while going through those 800 ... Who has NOT come across this bit of a mind-screwer before? I know I ce…

Weekend whimsies

... can you believe it SNOWED yesterday??!!

okay so it didn't accumulate here, but still... urgh... winter has certainly delivered its first punch. [some places got 2 feet of snow, for goodness sake! places where the trees' leaves hadn't even turned yet!]

Oh don't get me wrong, while I prefer warm weather, I don't hate winter or snow... I'm just disgruntled due to it being a bit out-of-season... but hey, today the weather's corrected itself and this weekend is supposed to relatively warm, so yay! :-)


Q: Why would I be dropping FOUR passport photos and FIFTY-FOUR pages in the mail?
A: To get to the next step in the paperwork requirements. So the ball is heading to the USCIS' court right now. Yay!


And hey, I just caught a segment on the news about The Harmonica Man's son's skateboard park effort! Made me feel all funny inside having an overlap between "real life" [well, as real as tv ever gets...] and "blogging life".


Kuala London? Free hugs? Oh my!

So. Yet again. Kuala Lumpur is looking like fog-covered London.

What am I talking about?
From MobileMom: THISTHISTHIS [lots of links to news articles]From scattered puzzle pieces: THIS
From Jeff Ooi: THISFrom Patrick Teoh: THISWhile regular Malaysians are suffering through all of this, the usual finger pointing is going on.

As usual.

It's like a broken record, isn't it?

Pssssst! All you useless finger-pointing impotent useless have I mentioned useless people in power who have yet again proved how useless you are: I say to you GO FOG YOURSELF!

But here, here's an amusing take on it all, by mozilla monster.

* * * * * moving on .....

It's the buzz of the 'net: The Free Hugs Campaign video.
[just saw it on Ms Sizzle's place]

It's really moving for me, as someone raised without hardly any good-touching. Just occasional intensive slaps across the face if you pissed off a certain parent. In general just plain no contact of any sort. Growing up so touch-deprived I p…


She slinks off into tha doggy stylin' room, thiznen proceeds ta hack n cough again, this time eject'n just a wee bit of that bubbly onto *anotha* placemat-turned-minizzles this one blingin' as a placemat fo` her gangsta bizzy fo shizzle.


Now, tha of tha excellent trippin' `bout chillin' uncarpeted, wood floors is that it's oh so eazy ta clean up her messes. No carpet ta stain . Throw yo guns in the motherfuckin air! Jizzust wizzy up tha shiznit, n wipe down tha floor . Ill slap tha taste out yo mouf!

No, I haven't been hijacked / possessed. Read the above again - any of that seem familiar? Perhaps you read a similar story in this recent post. It just got "translated" into "jive/izzle talk" thanx to Gizoogle :-)

And in case you were wondering where I pulled this out of, well, Suze's to "blame"! Teeheehee!

I gotta admit, I've been amused by this "language" ever since not understanding it in Little Nicky [Pope…

short answer / long answer

So Kosh and I are slowly making our way through Babylon 5 Season 4 DVDs... ever since we got to the "get the hell out of my galaxy" episode, the pull of the show has waned tremendously. Getting things sorted out on Mars/Earth certainly does not hold the same fascination as getting the Shadows and Vorlons sorted out :p


So we were watching Bab 5 the other day, and one episode referred to the Helsinki Syndrome. Kosh and I looked puzzledly at each other: "Eh? I thought that's the Stockholm Syndrome?" Turns out that the former is a common mistake which, if not originating from then definitely perpetuated by an error in Die Hard the movie.

Chalk THAT up as your useless bit of trivial information for the day, courtesy of Lynne.

Oh, and in case you were wanting an explanation for this post's title?

It's from today's Dilbert comic strip [click here, click date of 10/09].

It caused me to LOL at 6am - what an EXCELLENT day to start my day! :…


I just realised I missed the TWO YEAR blogiversary of this particular blog*!

My first post on this blog was on 4th October 2004 - it was a rant about the Malaysian income tax office, triggered by one of the errands I ran between my last day of work in Sept and my departure for the U.S. in mid-Oct 2004.

So this blog actually documents indirectly the time Kosh and I have been together-together. While we've known each other since college days, we only started pseudo-dating in Oct/Nov 2003, and [cutting out details you don't need to know] a year later I relocated myself halfway across the world to give us a true chance at success. The rest is history.

Of course, this blog was actually established as a means of keeping in touch with friends, ex-colleagues and family without having to email the same news to a bunch of people while I was off supposedly gallivanting around the U.S. I had already anticipated my not wanting to be bogged down by emails, and had planned accordingly. Un…

a meme from May...

.. not May the person, but May the MONTH ... that's about 4 months ago!

From a fellow Lost Blogger Alissa who meme'd herself here, and I too tagged MYself, tho it took me 4 months to dust the cobwebs off of the draft and work on it for real.

So here goes: The Countdown Meme

[now, if I were cruel, I'd have Europe's The Final countdown playing in the background while you read this.... just so you know, it's certainly playing in my head!!]

10 Favorites:
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Time: Quality Time with Kosh
Favorite Food: I have yet to find a replacement for Porgy's BBQ Beef Ribs in Urbana.
Favorite Drink: Long Island Iced Tea / non-al: Coffee Bean's Vanilla Latte
Favorite Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry's Dublin Mudslide
Favorite Place: "my corner" at my Coffee Bean hangout
Favorite Sport: Tennis
Favorite Actor: errr... James Marsters?
Favorite Actress: errr... Alyson Hannigan?

9 Currents:
Current Feeling: tired
Current Drink: …

Wednesday Waffles

Why waffles, u ask? Heh. Actually I've been in the mood for "breakfast food" for a while... one of these days we are going to end up at IHOP or something for a meal, I just know it!! Not necessarily for waffles, though - crepes have been on my mind since forever. Cheese blintz.... mmmMMmmMmmmmMMmmm!!

On to other news..

E-book freebie!
Scott Adam's "thought experiment" God's Debris is available for free, in e-book form, here. No strings attached. He figures if people read this for free they'll be more likely to be willing to pay for his other non-Dilbert books. We'll see. I've downloaded it, but haven't done anything eilse with it at the moment. But thought I'd spread the word, while I remember.

Brain Teasers!
What do the following mean? [highlight the space between the "(" ")" for answers]
(foreign language)

beating bush beating
(beating around the bush)

issue issue
issue issue
issue issue

Custom Stamps?

I'd been toying with the idea of ordering some customized stamps using one of the wedding photos, and using those stamps when sending out wedding announcements / thank you cards, etc.

In the end we didn't bother with it - we just wanted to get those things out and in. the. mail.!!

But yesterday, I looked it up anyways, just to see how much it would cost, if ever I *did* want to make my own stamps.

My oh my.

A sheet of 20 customized stamps costs $18, or 90 cents per stamp.

A "regular" stamp = 39 cents!!

I'd concentrate on customising the return address labels, rather than blowing money unnecessarily on "premium" stamps.


So now I know.

And so do you.

... yet *more* cat tales!

So like 5 minutes ago, i hear this yowl somewhere in the apartment while I'm otherwise occupied. Yes, a yowl. Followed by the sweet sweet sounds of the cough/hack that preceeds a cat puke session. Fun.

I find the cat in time to see her eject bubbly white liquid onto one of the placemats-turned-mini-rugs in the kitchen.


She slinks off into the living room, then proceeds to hack and cough again, this time ejecting just a wee bit of that bubbly onto *another* placemat-turned-mini-rug, this one serving as a placemat for her water bowl.


Now, the of the excellent things about having uncarpeted, wood floors is that it's oh so easy to clean up her messes. No carpet to stain! Just wipe up the stuff, and wipe down the floor!

But today she chose to eject whatever she felt needed to be ejected... onto the few areas of the floor that actually *have* some sort of fabric/covering.

Niiiiiiiiiice kitty.

But you know what? This is nothing! Yesterday, now THAT takes the cake!