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"ketetapan umum dipatuhi" : The 2006 LHDN* rant #2:

You know how when you’re signing in for an internet banking session you’re prompted with a caveat like “I have read and understood and agree to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Use”? ........ Or when installing certain software, you also get prompted with something similar? ....... And those Terms & Conditions seem to be 3 pages long, small print and full of legalese which you can’t possibly absorb in one sitting anyway? ........ But you are expected to say “yes” otherwise you can’t use the services? ......So you say “Yes” but hope that all goes well cos you know those T&C are biased in the favor of the bank should anything go wrong…

The “ketetapan umum dipatuhi” question on the new Income Tax form seems to be of the same spirit.

As far as I knew, the translation was something like “general requirements have been adhered to” … and everyone I asked last year had no idea what this was about, and I think all of us just went ahead and indicated YES on the form… after all, whe…

The 2006 LHDN* rant #1

* LHDN = Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri = Internal Revenue Board = the taxman

While certainly not fruitful, my LHDN errand today was thankfully relatively painless (once I got there lah… so many miscomms in the apartment today, *o*m*g*, not even going to *go* there...)...

My focus was on a mysterious “business tax file” (type OG, as opposed to SG, for those who are curious/know/care) that mysteriously got created about two years ago; unfortunately the “home” of the file – the Kelana Jaya tax office – was as much help as the main Jalan Duta office: not much. They can’t say how or why the file was created, seeing as I certainly to NOT own a business of any sort!

It’s not reassuring that they don’t seem concerned about it being a case of identity theft, especially when they seem totally ignorant and unconcerned as to how&why such a file could be opened in my name without my knowledge/consent!

And it doesn’t help that despite the file having been “frozen” at my (verbal) requests in Oct 2004 &…

my handwriting, thru the years (kinda)

Kinda cool to see the "attitude" @ 12, and the experimentation with different "styles" between 12 - 15... and how different it all is from age 6!

Unfortunately, the college & work eras are missing since the relevant notebooks and stuff are packed away elsewhere (hence the "kinda" in the title)...

Analyses of the above are welcome, btw. *grin!*

doodlemania

... this is a pic of the pencil collection I'd amassed for myself (mentioned it in this previous post)...

... tho this is actually less than half of it... i think i gave away the shorter/used ones to office colleagues before I left.... when it was at my office desk, it was so full they couldn't all fit!

... and here's a composite of what I produce with these pencils...


The center one looks like a ghost, eh?

The Journey, and the Destination

Monday 20th Feb 2006:
10:15am-ish (CST) Check-in to CMI airport. Guy at counter very helpful, manages to check bags all the way to KUL (didn't think it was possible - figured I'd have to claim them in EWR and re-check-in at the Malaysia Airines counter, so I'm saved that hassle. *if* the bags actually *do* make it to KUL lah! we'll see.... watch Kosh have some bfast (me *so* nt hungry), say our g'byes ~1040am, plane leaves pretty much on schedule around 11am.
1:00pm-ish (PST) (12 noon-ish CST)arrive in CVG only to see that my 2:30pm connecting flight is delayed by almost 2hrs! Good thing I incorporated lots of buffer time in EWR precisely because for something like this...
2:30pm (PST) ... am kicking myself cos just realised i could have tried to get on another flight for EWR scheduled to leave at 235pm! So I rush to that gate (in a different terminal!), but they wouldn't allow me without the proper ticket paperwork. Of course by the time I got to the counter to t…

Some images from my past...

Do you recognise any of these two items?

They were an important part of my (younger) life...

1. my musical watch
I remember it was a momentous event: for our birthdays one year, my bro & i were brought to Sg Wang, and were allowed to pick out a digital watch each!! Prior to this, with our Swiss "connections" we had always had the usual wristwatches with hands on the dial.

I picked out a Casio musical watch. Don't remember what my bro chose. Mine chimed the keys of the scale when going thru different menu options, along with being symbolised by the relevant note along the 5 lines on the top part of the screen. I could choose various melodies (some Beethoven, Mozart, etc) to be set as my alarm. Really cool! :)

My main memory associated with this: as usual, in my quest to be different, I chose to have the watch run on a 24hr basis, so 1pm would show as 13:00 on the screen. And that the rest of my schoolmates complained they couldn't tell time from my watch be…

...clouds of words...

Generate a word cloud from your own blog HERE (hit custom, type in yr url, when image is generated, right click & save) (thanx *again* to Dawn who seems to find the niftiest stuff online!)

btw... "commandments"??? how on earth is that a key/often-used word here?? nvm, found out why, LOL!

but... Kosh is also in larger font... awwwww...

... and so it begins ...

so here's the room I came back to vacate ===>

Do I miss it?

Nope!
... after all, I all I did there was sleep maaah!

I'd get up to go to work, leaving @ 7 / 715am, but of course would never head straight home after work @ 5pm; after all, just cos office hours ended at 5 didn't mean my work was done at 5.

Besides, traffic outbound from the KL city center is hell between 445pm and 8pm right?

So I'd head to the other side of town instead, and hang out at Coffee Bean Ampang Point until they closed, then only head back to this apartment to shower & sleep. By then it'd be maybe 1am. Then I'd wake up at 630am and the cycle started again :D

And weekends? Outta there as soon as I could, whether to just get away, or again to hang out at Coffee Bean maaaah!

Ya lah, at that time I had my laptop, Coffee Bean was a Maxis wireless hotspot, and me & Kosh were IMing at almost every opportunity.

Now? Coffee Bean no longer is a hotspot. If I *do* wanna do the coff…

My output at Age 6 (Std 1)

From my Malay exercise book


From my "writing"(??) exercise book

I've improved since then... will provide proof later, LOL!

i didn't title this one till 350pm, LOL

okayyy.. ... downloading Graphics Converter Pro 6.36.60220 from tucows.com... it's a 9MB file, being downloaded at 3 KB/sec... with total estimated time of 40 mins.

have i mentioned i hate dialup? ... this had better be worth it...

--- quick notes ---
1. avian flu detected in chickens on the outskirts of KL; authorities moving fast to cull birds within a few miles radius. I'm on the other side of town, so far so good. However, being up on the top of this apartment block, we share space with lots of birds, pigeons mostly, that have made their home in the "public attic" next to this apartment. Is there a risk to us? yikes!!

2. have also been dealing pretty well with the heat & humidity - for example, I didn't even feel that "wall of humidity" that I usually walk into when finally emerging from air-conditioned buildings to my first exposure outside. Of course, in the apartment, it does get stuffy... and there are no fans, so gotta hit the a/c... i…

PC blues

okay so i finally cleared stuff out of the "old" room. Now stuff is all over the place in my "new" room. What's next is tidying up, repacking, storing... yay.

btw was going to post some scanned images of my Std 1 - 6 exercise books; among other things, wanted to share the handwriting progression, it's amusing.

But,,, for some reason all I get are TIFF images.. and i don't see how to convert it to jpeg... grrrrr!! Hopefully I get some help from bro tomorrow, so I can share the pix in a day or two...

And for some reason, blogger is making everything I write into one long straight line. wtf? so right now I'm manually hitting enter to go to the next line. grrrr! nvm, fixed, somehow.

In the meantime, I stumbled across this, and thought it was *so* appropriate seeing as I'm not on speaking terms with the PC right now :p

enjoy!

A poem for you "Elderly" computer users:

A Computer was something on TV
From a science fiction show of note
A Window wa…

talk about spicing up your sex life...

here's one h0t d1cK for ya!

What kind of American English do I speak?

This Malaysian with a foundation of British English scored the following:



Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern


What Kind of American English Do You Speak?


Amusing.

I think one or two of the questions are too black and white... for example, asking if "Route" rhymes with "Boot" or "Out" is too limiting for me, seeing as I use both, depending which sounds better in that particular sentence. Maybe there should be a third option: "yes / both"?

Many thanx to Dawn for the cool quiz :)

Overdue pix (from *my* phone)

... as opposed to overdue pix from *Kosh's* phone...

teehee!


anyways... I've "owed" these pix for a while...

From THIS previous post:
Pix of Kosh the shreddage freak!

Kitty helping with further shreddage?



From THIS previous post, here's my banana (chocolate) bread:




And in case you wanted a closer look at the crazy kitty...

awwwwwwww ain't she cute?

*now* me off to bed.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

i'm baaaaaaack!

So I warned a whole bunch of people via sms while waiting for my luggage by the carousel...

...will blog on the trip another time...

right now will just say that once I got to the new apartment (which warrants its OWN blog regarding my reaction to it!), i very soon got to work on visiting my "old" room in the apartment 12 floors down, to sort/throw/move stuff upstairs.

Found my plush family, managed to talk them into posing for a family photo:


Then they got bagged!


Yes... I've got my phone talking to the PC, so I can publish my crappy phone pix, whoohooo!

More soon.

Now need sleep!

Nohari & Johari windows

(Yes, I'm still here!! I *hope* this is my last post till KL?!!)

I've seen this Johari Window thing on a few sites
... invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. (Read more about it HERE)
... and I wasn't planning to jump on the bandwagon, until I noticed its dark side: the NOHARI Window!

So here goes: I'd appreciate people who have actually met & known me to help fill in both Johari & Nohari windows for me.

Funny.. I had a tough time choosing the Nohari adjectives cos I didn't see that many that I though fit me. And for the Johari, there were TOO MANY to choose from that I think describe me, LOL! Let's see how y'all see me, k?

Many thanx!!

And finally....

How Moses got the 10 Commandments....
God went to the Arabs and said, "I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.

The Arabs asked, "What are Commandments?"

And the Lord said, "They are rules for living."

"Can you give us an example?"

"Thou shall not kill."

"Not kill? We're not interested."



He went to the Blacks and said, "I have Commandments."

The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said, "Honor thy Father and Mother."

"Father? We don't know who our fathers are."



Then He went to the Mexicans and said, "I have Commandments."

The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said "Thou shall not steal."

"Not steal? We're not interested."



Then He went to the French and said, "I have Commandments."

The French too wanted an example and the Lord said,"Thou shall not commit adultery."

"Not commit adultery? We're not interested.&qu…

have there been new developments?

Out of the blue, I've had a few hits on my blog from searches for "Noritta Samsudin", or "photo of noritta samsudin" ... from Taiwan, Australia, and of course Malaysia. THIS is my year-old rant that has them coming. I wonder, has there been something new to hit the news about this?

blog review!

Am visiting all the blogs on my blogroll,,, here are things that caught my eye today:
From Arod, some interesting facts definitely worth a read, espeically for the wry comments following each fact [Example: Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. (If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)]

Thanx to Glamor Girl Gone Bad, found out about this "marriage contract" written by this guy in Iowa who is currently facing charges of kidnapping. Of his wife. Hey Kosh, wasn't Iowa your #1 pick to go for residency? Yikes!!

Baghdad Burning's Feb 11th article about a raid in their neighbourhood is an engrossing read.. do check it out HERE.

This is *so* cool! For U.S. (and Italy) residents - check out the distribution of your surname within the U.S; mine is as below:
(I *think* that's Wyoming with no "H" at all in the state?!!)
Many thanx to Gangadhar for this great link :-)

I'm sure glad my job is *not* as j…

time keeps on slipping slipping slipping....

... into the future....

everyting becoming a blurrrr... I don't even remember anything that happened Thursday...

Friday we had our last bbq beef ribs session for lunch.
Then headed out to a friend of Kosh's for dinner, about an hour away from us.

Saturday was supposed to be productive, but some how, well, it wasn't :p And we had dinner with another couple, essentialls Kosh's sister's friend & hubby, and dog and 2 cats. Dog had hurt its jaw and was slobbering everywhere: bleah! Apart from that, it was a fun night - played a few rounds of euchre; had my first taste of 3-milk cake.

Sunday (today) is my last full day here. Already off to a slow start... Kosh is at work for a while, while I play around on the work PC. Then it's off to do a spot of final shopping, then back for packing. And catching up with tv shows: can you believe I have 7 hours of recorded tv shows, most of them being Da Vinci's Inquest, to watch before I leave??! Yikes!!

And to top it …

Da Vinci's Inquest, Smallville and It - a common thread?

Watched Stephen King's It recently.

Bleah, really badly made - poor acting, poor dialogue, poor special-effects - though it was relatively "loyal" to the book. Glad to finally have seen it, tho... cos I didn't catch it when it was first shown on HBO in 1990. But overall, it's still better than what they did with The Stand, LOL!

In It, was really amusing to see a very young Seth Green, playing the young Ritchie Tozier. I knew him originally from the Austin Powers movies, then as Oz on Buffy :-)

Then the young Beverly Marsh looked so familiar,,,, voice, mannerisms,,, finally figured it out she looked like the prostitute Sue from Da Vinci's Inquest. Thanx to imbd, got it confirmed! The actress = Emily Perkins.

And the "old" Beverly Marsh? None other than Annette O'Toole, the same one who played Lana Lang in Superman III, and Martha Kent in Smallville :-) Funny to keep seeing her on screen :-)

And speaking about Smallville.... Watching the older…

Thaipusam

Recently, it was the Hindu festival of Thaipusam.

"The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadam."

Even though I grew up in Malaysia, I've never attended any of the celebrations. So TV Smith & Lu Sean's coverage of this year's event in KL/Batu Caves was an excellent way of seeing what I missed out on. Do check out the pix :-)

btw - happy b-day rik.

... back when I wrote letters via snail-mail to pen-pals...

Did you ever have pen-pals?

My best pen-pal was this girl from Sweden... not sure when we lost touch - probably around the time we both went off to university. Re-established contact briefly, exchanged e-mail addresses, but again - dropped out of touch. :-( I found her e-mail address late last year and dropped her a line again, but, no reply :-( I still know her original snail-mail address by heart, maybe I can drop her a line there again, and see if I can get anywhere... if ever I do make it to Iceland, I might as well include a trip to Sweden too, eh? Would be cool to meet up one day...

Another pen-pal was this girl from the U.S... she wasn't the best at keeping in touch, and wrote only occasionally, and moved around frequently. But when I got to the U.S. for studies, I finally did drop her a line at her most recent address. Which actually reached her!! She called me, but I was about to head out the door for a football game... got her number, called her back, got an answe…

Have a think.

MuppetLord's got some great links in this article, do check them out, along with the links' links.

And from the above: THIS is just ridiculous - an important piece of history to be bulldozed to make way for a 'parking lot, two 50-storey hotel towers and seven 35-storey apartment blocks'??

Will the insanity *ever* stop?

Jeopardy with Lynne

This... is.... jeopardy!

{Play the Jeopardy theme}

A: Buffalo, cow & turkey
Q: What animals were killed to make Kosh's & Lynne's dinner tonight?
Went to a bbq place that serves buffalo burgers. This time Kosh had beef brisket & smoked turkey so we could sample *other* stuff rather than we both get the same thing. And for those who don't know: buffalo is similar to beef, but less fat. It also dries out very fast, so the most "wellness" you want is medium rare; that will give you pink in the center but NOT dried out.
A: 7 shirts, 5 pants, 4 ties and 1 belt
Q: How many of what new items were purchsed to breathe new life into Kosh's wardrobe today?
Even when limiting myself to the "petite" section, it's difficult for me to find anything I like let alone that fits me :p So devoted time to finally adding to Kosh's wardrobe. Had the most fun trying to match ties to the pants & shirts. :-)

VD#6: the end of VD

As I start this post, only 10 minutes remain for VDay.

So how did I spend this day?
Hmm - woke up. Breakfast while watching some Da Vinci's Inquest episodes. Worked out a bit. Blogged a bit. Showered. Lunch. Smallville. Smallville. Library to pick up Tootsie (and books I'm not going to read in time before leaving!!). Picked-up chicken wings for dinner & ice-cream for dessert. Dinner while Smallville-ing again. Then watched Tootsie with dessert. Now playing Disc 2 of The Stand while online again. ... bottomline: it pretty much went as expected :-)

Wanted to note that I also had a pseudo VD post over at the BSB site... it was already VDay over on that side of the world even tho when I posted it it was still before midnight on the 13th. But check it out for a smile if you like the combination of hopping and boobs ;-)

Think I'm gonna hit the hay soon.

G'nite all!

VD#5: ewe ess pee ess

Incident #1:
Mid-December 1005: A greeting card was wrongly delivered to Kosh's letterbox: sure, the last name was the same...and same street... except that it was for SOUTH xx St, and we're at NORTH. And of course totally different unit number. [we wrote "wrongly delivered" on it and popped it back into the mailbox by the Post Office]

Incident #2.1:
End-December 2005: You know those postage paid postcards provided by companies for surveys/customer feedback? Where on one side is the address and "no postage necessary" thing, on the other side are the questions to be answered. Which in this case included a space for us to fill in *our* address. Popped it into the Post Office mailbox, sometime during that week between X-mas & New Year. The next week, that postcard was delivered into our mailbox! [Yes, despite the address printed in large fonts on the front, somehow it got delivered to the much smaller address written in a future doc's chickenscr…

VD#4: rubber hands & misc thots

ugh.. I suppose it *has* been a while since I whipped out those teeny dumbells and did some arm reps... just did 3 sets x 10 reps of misc bicep, tricep, shoulder & side thingys. now my arms feel a bit shaky, like they are made of rubber. Boy am I gonna get whupped my first few tennis sessions once I'm back...

...

and in case you noticed / were wondering, yes, I stayed up till past 330am last night - me blogging while Kosh was working on some stuff, with Disc 1 of Stephen King's The Stand playing on the TV/DVD. I've yet to see the whole thing (it *is* kinda bad...) - prefer to re-read the book instead: yet another to put on my reading list :-) marked the start of VDay by blowing kisses across the room to each other, LOL! Are we an old couple or what :-)

...

okay - arms feeling better now. Off to shower & lunch. Will have non-dial-up blog time later tonight - expect more meanderings then :-)

VD#3: interview blues

Reading Oreo's recent post about interviews took me down a few lanes of memory...

"Why were you holding back during the second half of the session?"
This question was asked by my one-on-one interviewer, after a day of "group interactions" with other Management Trainee candidates for this international consumer goods company (ice cream, shampoo, soap, cooking oil... u name it, they probably manufactured it!). We'd been put through two or three scenarios/case studies, and our interactions, opinions, conduct and whatever observed and noted. Followed by the final one-on-one interview with a high-ranking member of the management team.

So, for the first one or two scenarios, I was totally myself - leading, giving opinions, asking pointed questions, etc. But during that time, I could see that there were a few of us who may have been kinda overwhelmed by what was being asked of us, and had essentially withdrawn into their shells. I felt bad for them. I started t…

VD#2: oooops, were those Qing vases i just destroyed?

Did you hear about the three priceless Qing vases that got smashed in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England?

yes... smashed... when a visitor "tripped on a loose shoelace, tumbled down a flight of stairs and crashed into the vases, smashing them into smithereens".

I wonder just how safely these vases were displayed, since they were not behind any protective plexiglass or anything: some articles state that these vases "... had been displayed for many years on a staircase window sill".

... but ... on a window sill??

"Shocked but determined museum staff members have vowed to glue the shards back together again".

Why do I have images of Humpty Dumpty in my head?
* * * * * *
Wanna read more?
1. MSNBC: "Oops! Art lover trips, shatters ancient vases"
2. BBC News: Historic vases smashed in stumble
3. Archaelogical treasures destroyed by klutz

VD#1: Motivation schmotivation!

... here are some REALISTIC sayings I'd like to see on those office inspirational posters:

(The ones that particularly resonate with me, in bold)
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security.

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings; they did it by killing all those who opposed them.

We put the "k" in "kwality."

If something doesn't feel right, you're not feeling the right thing.

Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

A person who smiles in the face of adversity...probably has a scapegoat.

If you can stay calm, while all around you is chaos...then you probably haven't completely understood the situation.

Plagiarism saves time.

If at first you don't succeed, try management.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.

TEAMWORK...means never having to take all the bl…

a VD meme?!

No thanx to SnglGuy, I got tagged with a Valentine's Day meme..... LOL, I am so NOT into the crass commercial drivel that is Valentine's Day, but just for SnglGuy I'll try to answer the q's anyway even tho I'm already rendering most of the q's and a's meaningless...

1. What did you do for last Valentine's Day (2005)?
Nothing. I think the highlight was Kosh dropping by between his classes to drop off a burrito from Toxic Hell Taco Bell, which I'd requested for lunch.
2. What are you planning to do for the next Valentine's Day (2006)?
Nothing specific. Probably watch more of Smallville Season Two, or try to finish off a book or two! But you never know, seeing as I've less than a week to go here, maybe Kosh will spring a surprise? Me not expecting anything, tho.
3. What would be the ideal place to celebrate Valentine's?
A Meat Loaf concert? While sloshed to the gills with vodka/tonics?? LOL!!
4. What qualities in a person would make an ideal…

pictures of my life - according to Google

Saw and subsequently stole tagged myself with this pseudo-meme from Dawn.

Here's how it works: Use the picture you like best from the first (no clicking around for 44 pages) page of the search results on Google Image.NOTE: Okay, so I'm not 100% clear on things like copyright, so I made it a point to indicate where the image is from. If the image belongs to you , and you'd rather I didn't use it, do tell me in the comments section and I'll be happy to oblige, k? Thanx! Here goes...

1. The city and province of the town where you grew up, no quotation marks

(image from HERE)

2. The town where you currently reside

(image from HERE)

3. Your name, first and last, but no quotes

(image from HERE)

4. Your grandmother's name

(image from HERE)


5. Your favorite food

(image from HERE)

6. Your favourite drink

(image from HERE)

7. Your favourite smell

(image from HERE)

8. Your favourite song

(image from HERE)

Sure, the whole posting of pix is a bit of a hassle (have I mentioned I *…

Standby for an “energetic” post?

When you were growing up, how many of what sort of electrical appliances did you have at home? (exclude refrigerators, ovens & washing machines, unless you had more than one at a time)

Let’s guesstimate around 1987: I remember the family having
a combo turntable / cassette deck / radio
a TV
a VCR *
a radio alarm clock *
a hairdryer
maybe two radio cassette players
a toaster
a water heater
a vacuum cleaner
a typewriter
two irons (1 "normal", one steam)
And how about now? From the apartment my parents just vacated, I can picture the following:
1 microwave oven
1 toaster
1 blender
2 water heater units
3 air conditioning units
3 radio alarm clocks *
1 personal computer
1 laptop
1 scanner
1 printer
1 electric toothbrush
1 hairdryer
2 radio cassette/CD players
1 TV *
1 DVD player
1 satellite TV receiver/decoder *
a “surround sound” type system *
1 vacuum cleaner
2 mobile phones & chargers
1 steam iron
1 steam gadget (for clothes, in lieu of ironing)
What a difference 20 years make! Immediately you can…

Proverbial Humour

Found these in a long-unused email inbox, thought I'd share it here:

New Proverbs
If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he'll be a mile way - and barefoot.
Going to church doesn't make you a holy person any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

Proverb completion

A first grade teacher collected old, well known proverbs.  She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb, and had them come up with the rest.
As you shall make your bed, so shall you..........mess it up
Better to be safe than....................punch a 5th grader
Strike while the................................bug is close
It's always darkest before.…

Star Trek; New Voyages

Did you know that the crew of the original Star Trek series are back???

Just found out about the continuation of Star Trek The Original Series, in the form of *web* episodes distributed thru the 'net via downloads. The new show will be the continuing voyages of Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701 as seen in the 1966-69 television series, Star Trek. The series was cancelled after its third season. We are restarting the series as if it were in its fourth year.The people involved want to "bring back the Roddenberry spirit, ideals and philosophy to Star Trek."

Again - I am no Trekker, but yeah I do know that there has been dissatisfaction about the state of Star Trek series (I think they consider everything beyond TNG as pretty much trash), so I suppose this ST:TNV is the product of the dissatisfaction?

While there are of course new actors portraying the "classic" characters of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, etc... some actors are also returni…

probably one of my last forays into this topic

1. I'm not surprised to see this sort of thing. Are you?

2. Aiseh Man has numerous excellent posts, checkthemout.

3. Wikipedia is the place to check out the entire 43-pg dossier distributed during the Danish clerics' "tour". Hurry, it is slated for deletion. At least now I've seen *one* 'toon *I'd* consider offensive (the "This is why Muslims pray" one) BUT take note it's one of those "of undetermined origin" 'toons, not anything published by that Danish paper. (Thanx to Muppetlord for this link!)

L.Y.N.N.E. Decoded!

Hey, Kosh! Guess what my name stands for??




Pretty cool :-)

Many thanx to Samantha Burns for this link ;-)

Then, tried out one or two other "names" ... just for the heck of it ;-)







Ah, yes... the fun things on the net!! :-)

Traffic Update #2

(#1 was done last September)

Spike #1 @ April 2005
Dunno what would account for a leap in visits at this point in time. Maybe that's when I started feeling confident and actually started leaving comments on other blogs? April is also when I got my sitemeter counter. Related?

Spike #2 @ August 2005
Signed up with Little Neo. Lots of new readers. And readees! :-)

Spike #3 @ November 2005
I believe this is when I found SYN/ACK/FIN's random reading page, and used that as a reference for another round of adding readees.

Nice to know readership is slowly on the way up :-)

... of ends, means, and justification thereof ...

There's that saying / defense / excuse: the end justifies the means

What was the "end" for Imam Ahmed Abu- Laban, the Danish Muslim cleric's "tour", anyway?
- Publicising the offensive Danish 'toons (that were published last September! a bit out of date, eh?)?
or
- inciting hate & violence?
Then we start to hear about three FAKE 'toons were part of the "evidence" handed out during this "tour"?

What, someone didn't think that the original dozen or so offensive 'toons might just not cut it in terms of garnering support (read: inciting hate & violence!), so someone decided to add more ooommph to the mix?Bad enough to have such a tour which seemed to be intended to incite violence rather than peacefully highlight to and educate the non-Muslims how and why such 'toons are offensive.

Then to be exposed as using fake / other toons, thus destroying any credibility of theirs, and indeed calling into question the intentio…

marriage similies

... similies, not smilies / smileys.

Check out Samantha Burns' Marriage Vows post. Personally I like the bowel movevment (#3) and airport terminal (#9) ones :-)

aaaanyways... here are some similar related observations:
sex is hereditary: if your parents didn't have it, chances are you won't either
one good turn gets most of the blanket
love is a matter of chemistry, sex a matter of physics
Okay - now for some exercise, shower, food! maybe not in that particular order ;p

11 days to go...

Good news! Checked my library account and saw that Gregory Maguire's Wicked:The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is waiting to be picked up! I've been on the waiting list for so long, I'd pretty much given up hope of getting my hands on it before I leave. So - yay! Now to make sure I finish it off before leaving :-)

More good news - yep, *d*o*n*e* with Buffy Season 5. I've had so much Buffy that my dreams of last night/this morning were filled with characters of the show. And with Kosh's snooze alarm going off every 10 minutes, it would disturb my dream but I'd make a mental note while waking up that it was okay "cos I was watching a DVD and could resume once I got back to sleep" or something weird like that, LOL!
The best episode of this season, in my opinion, is The Body, which very poignantly, tastefully and artistically depicts the events happening within the first few hours of Buffy finding the body of her mother on the couch…

*pausing for breath between Buffys*

Hey, the TRUE 2005 Stella Awards are out; check 'em out HERE.

Buffy update: finished Season 4, whoohooo!! That Adam storyline was getting so irritating, it was kinda cool to see the end of him/it (*and* The Initiative) in the next-to-last episode. Whoohoooo! Now am taking a slight break before attacking Season 5 in full force.

Reading update: I was in kind of a "self-help / management-help" type mood set off by reading about that Ferrari-less Monk, so before the new DVD player came along I had gone through another three related books:
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
compared to the Farrari-less Monk, definitely a better read. But in the overall scheme of things, it's still a shallow trying-to-be-more-than-it-can-ever-be type of wanna-be-thought-provoking-but-failing-miserably tale.

The Identity Code - Larry Ackerman
Oh my what a piece of crap. Again somone who's convinced he's "discovered" these "natural" "laws" this time concerning…

...yet another muddying of waters...

The world in general has no real idea of what Islam is.

I don't claim to be an expert, oh no, not me, but still... the actions of those terrorists who claim to be fighting for the cause of Islam are really *not* helping with the stereotype and misinformation and misunderstanding...

So I'm not surprised when I read about some Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that have the Muslim community all riled up.

That the cartoons were concieved and published shows a deep ignorance a few Danes had of how highly-regarded the Prophet is by Muslims.

I do think they should have known better than to publish a cartoon that depicts the prophet as a terrorist with a bomb in his "turban".

But, again... am I really surprised? no.

hello, Muslim world -- that such a faux pas would occur in this day and age, when we should be showing the world what Islam really is all about (i.e. NOT that terrorist bullcrap), is a failing on all of us too.

Don't just hit out at the ign…

supermen in the buff?

..we got so tired of the friggin DVD player that wouldn't play, so we went ahead and bought another one. Not too too happy with it, will probably return it for another model, but for the moment we are keeping it and playing all those DVDs we'd borrowed from the library..

The Superman movies : The worst one = Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. *o*m*g* lame storyline, lame nuclear man, lame rebuilding of the Great Wall of China, that really was the worst of the lot!! And I really don't remember if I'd seen it before, could have sworn I'd seen it but didn't remember a thing, maybe because i blanked it all out cos it was so lame??!! Oh, did I mention I think this movie is lame? :p

The most different one would definitely be Superman III, with Richard Pryor as the unwitting "bad guy". There was more in terms of humor & sight gags, maybe because of Richard Pryor's involvement? What was cool too about this one was seeing Annette O'Toole playin…