Sunday, March 30, 2008

the (kinda late) movie meme

I saw this meme on a few folk's blogs, but with my brains being all scrambled and all, time passed by quite a bit before I got off my butt and tried it out here.

Here's what it's all about:

* Pick 15 of your favorite movies
* Go to IMDB (or wherever - if you know it by heart, even better, LoL!) and find a quote from each movie
* Post them on your blog for everyone to guess
* Fill in the movie title once it’s been guessed (and I will also link to the correct guesser's blog - free link love, whoohooo!)

These are your rules:
* No Googling or using IMDB search functions (i.e. Don’t cheat! Please! It's simple enough, really...)
* Leave your answer(s) in the comments (and even if you're not sure, just guess, have fun!)

.... and here they are, in no particular order ...
  1. "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious." (Star Wars - Kim)

  2. "Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!" (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - KApgar)

  3. "Ditto." (Ghost - KApgar)

  4. "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." (Back to the Future - KApgar)

  5. "Aaarrrggghhh! C*cksucker motherf*cker!" (The 40 Year Old Virgin - Miz UV)

  6. "A: Werewolf?" "B: There." "A: What?" "B: There, wolf; there, castle!" (Young Frankenstein - Eden)

  7. "I *did* knock..." (Nanny McPhee - Kat)

  8. "It's levi-OH-sa, not levio-SAR." (Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone - Eden)

  9. "... and since I am dead / I can take off my head / to recite Shakespearean quotations..." (The Nightmare Before Christmas - Eden)

  10. "He chose... poorly." (Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade - Kim)

  11. "A: Give me any kind of signal." "B: I'll do this: Caw! Caw!" "A: What are you, an infant? We have *these*!" (GALAXY QUEST - Kim)

  12. "A: Fahza, his dad, dad is fahza." "B: Oh, his dad. His *fa-ther* "
    (Austin Powers in Goldmember - KApgar)

  13. "A: This sure doesn't taste like an iced tea." "B: It's from Long Island."
    (Cruel Intentions - Lori)

  14. "Comb the desert!" (SpaceBalls - Kim)

  15. "Slowly, slowly, it's too nice a job to rush!"

QUALIFIER: not all of these movies are my "top 15" ... some I just quote from because that one quote might have been the highlight of the entire movie, y'know? :-) Anyways, have fun with this...

btw, I managed to get one right over at suze's - whoohooo :-)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

... this would have been flashback to my worklife ...

... except that it made me laugh instead, LoL!

Try this pie chart on for size:

And how about this? *so* totally put me back to the good ol' high school days :-)

Pie charts found at Yo's, who got them from here.

Friday, March 28, 2008

St Marians' recap

... I've been out of the blogosphere for a while... and yesterday/today I'm slowly making my rounds again... I notice two of my three classmates who blog have had introspective pieces posted in the last month or so ... one reflecting on how her kids are missing out on so much positive interaction with her father, if he'd lived longer... and the other wondering about change, trust, and life in general. One of them also had a brief moment of joy then sadness when a pregnancy didn't last long. My thoughts and prayers go out to the both of you, and your families: don't let the past haunt you or bring you down - take what you can from the experience, learn from it, then move on, enjoy life, k? I'm always happy to see introspection going on tho, I've always felt people in general do too little of it. But that's my take on life. Anyways, one more thing: the 3rd of my blogging schoolmates? She's preggers! Congrats, dearie!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

read so far - 2008

geez... I've just realised I've only read TEN books so far this year. Weak.

Here they are:

  1. The eternal self and the cycle of saṃsāra: Introduction to Asian mythology and religion
    - Rajeshwari Pandharipande
    This was actually a "textbook" from a class Kosh had taken in college. A good introduction to Asian Mythology, if you limit it to Indian/Hindu/Buddhism and Chinese/Japanese Confucianism, Taoism and Zen, that is... The first half, which explored Hinduism and Buddhism made the book worthwhile. Pity about the copy shop feel.

  2. Season of the Witch - Natasha Mostert
    Season of the WitchOne would think that a book that deals with witchcraft, remote viewing, two mysterious sisters, an information thief, and a house of a million rooms would be interesting... ... and yet... ... ... I trudged through this book wanting to know the end of the story but not enjoying myself much.

  3. Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud - Julia Navarro
    Brotherhood of the Holy ShroudThis book gives a very interesting twist to explain the conflicting evidence relating to the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, all woven together into a narrative a la Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code. A rather simple read, not outstanding.

  4. The Good Fairies of New York - Martin Millar
    The Good Fairies of New YorkHighly recommended by Neil Gaiman - how could one go wrong?? If this were ever made into a movie (and with all the cgi technology out there today, why hasn't it yet??), I'd probably really really like it. As a book, however, it was rather chaotic and exhausting, despite the humor.

  5. February
  6. The Overlook - Michael Connelly
    The Overlook: A NovelI think Connelly might just be running out of ideas, or steam, or both. This book, while certainly readable, just didn't grip or hook the way the older tales did. It was still a good read, just not as good as the earlier works. Harry Bosch seems old and tired, and his new partner dynamics are stilted. Blah.

  7. The Devil's Hearth - Phillip DePoy
    The Devil's Hearth: A Fever Devilin MysteryGallows humor abounds in this unique setting: a folklore expert returning to his roots in the Georgian Appalachians only to find a dead body on his doorstep. As he runs around trying to solve the mystery, we get glimpses of a fascinating (and obviously dying) culture/tradition, which helps bolster an otherwise ho-hum whodunnit.

  8. March
  9. The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law - Joe Abercrombie
    The Blade Itself: Book One Of The First Law: Book One of the First Law (Gollancz S.F.)An exception to the rule that I quickly consume good books and slowly wade through bad books... I waded through this one, because it was dense, chockful of details, and once again, presenting goings-on from various characters' points of view. I'm looking forward to more from this author!

  10. The Witch's Grave - Phillip DePoy
    The Witch's Grave: A Fever Devilin MysteryThis second installment of the folklorist who moves back into his small town community in the Appalachian mountains just didn't hook me the way the first book did. Another dead body, more conspiracies in a town that doesn't say things as much as they actually say things. This time around, the "punchline" was rather far-fetched. In fact, reading Book 2 "cured" me of intending to read the rest (#3 & 4) that are out now. Oh well.

  11. Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Medicated a Nation - Charles Barber
    Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Medicated a NationMy first "serious" book of the year... it didn't tell me much that I didn't already know, if not "officially" then certainly in my gut. It explores the overmedication of the USA, a result of pharmaceuticals hawking wares to the "worried well", where the money is, where the numbers are...

  12. Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller - Arnaldur Indridason
    Jar City: A Reykjavik ThrillerA nice little whodunnit, with the added bonus of being based in Iceland (my #1 country to visit someday!), thus giving glimpses into a way of life, an attitude, subtly different than the "western" and "asian" views I am more familiar with.

Click on the images to bring you to the relevant page, where you can find my "complete" "review" plus more info on the book.

Of the ten above, I think I'd rate 3, maybe 4 of them as really worth reading. *sigh*

... what about y'all? Anything outstanding you've read this year?

Friday, March 21, 2008

beaten at my own game??!!

... so I've mentioned that Kosh and I have been playing Boggle quite regularly for the past week or two... I was totally trashing him every round... even in a relatively braindead state I'd still get way more points just because I knew so many more of the "trivial many" "nonsensical" 3-letter words, if nothing else. So last night, same thing,... except that I must have been even more braindead than I realised because... o.m.f.g.... I actually lost a round! I got like 9 to his 13 or so. I am *so* ashamed!! LoL :D

Sunday, March 16, 2008

it sims tobe a wonderful day :-)

So thanks to Eilen I hear Sims 3 is in the works... uh-oh... I feel addiction vibes already!! :-) The main difference is the addition of some traits, some which complement others, some that are mutually exclusive, which will help create even more unique Sims, and of course, more varied interactions. But from the article, my first thought was ummm so more things will be done on autopilot? Then how much will be "sitting back and watching" versus actually playing god? Hmmm.....

Never mind that... I wonder how I'd name my sim this time around if I were to get my hands on it... back in 2002/2003 when I was majorly hooked, it was my Eminem phase, and so I named my sim(s) after his alter ego "Ken Keniff" - he's the one I "nurtured" all the way to superstardom, I was *so* proud of him! :-)

Although... I seem to have totally walked away from my Sim City 4 ... I even got the newest version recently - Sim City Societies - but have yet to install it, can you believe it? It's *all* Scramble's fault, LoL!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Stone Key is out!

For the handful of people aware of the existence of Isobelle Carmody: THE STONE KEY is *finally* out!! Whoohoooooo!!!

Of course, it's only available in Oz (and I assume NZ too) at the moment... so my first thought when I found out about this (via facebook - ah *what* would I do without you?) was to send an almost incoherent desperate message to Allie asking her if she'd pretty please be willing to buy & send the book over to me. After a price quote (thanks Allie!), with postage costing more than the book, and the book itself costing about $25 (it's a paperback!), and with Kosh acting as a sanity check, I decided to not pursue that course ... for a while, at least. Why?

Firstly because I found an Ozzie online bookstore that would ship the book for just slightly more than what Allie would be able to do, but at least then I wouldn't be imposing on her... secondly, I want to reread books 1-4 anyways, so I don't *have* to have it rightaway... and thirdly, by giving it a bit of time, it might become available by other as yet unidentified channels here in the U.S., or perhaps even on the shelves of Kinokuniya in KL by the time I head there in Oct-ish.

Hmmm... or Kosh'll go ahead and order it for me in August for my b/day, who knows :-)

besides... I'm struggling through my first "serious" book of the year, I'll just keep the anticip[say it!]pation stretched out even longer by not even starting Obernewtyn Book 1 until after I've tackled the three other books I already checked out and have yet to read... sometimes I really love to torture myself, don't I?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

... it warms my heart ...

Warmth #1 : it looks like the Barisan Nasional has been denied a 2/3 majority in the newly elected Malaysian parliament. Votes are still being tallied, but it seems instead of just Kelantan (and Terengganu at one point, right?), Penang and Kedah are no longer in BN's hands. I am of course a bit concerned that it's PAS, the not-just-race-but-also-religion-based party, that's emerged victorious in Kedah... we'll see how things go over there...

Warmth #2: So over at Facebook I decided to look up some authors I like, and found that Patrick Rothfuss has a fan page and an actual group there. I fanned the former and joined the latter. And the next day, *gasp!*, I got a friend request from Mr Rothfuss! I was all geeked out that entire day :-) After all, it shows that he goes though his Facebook activity, and is acknowledging my fandom by "friend"-ing me. *grin* And just for that, I'll plug his work just a little bit more: if you haven't read The Name of the Wind yet, do pick it up, it really is a great book,,, I can't wait for Book 2 (and of course, after that, Book 3) to finally come out!!!

... another facebook- and author- related post next, stay tuned ...

Friday, March 07, 2008


... can anyone tell me what that word means??

My Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2004) has nothing like that in it, and my Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (3rd Ed, 1996) has only "OIDIUM, pl OIDIA (a type of fungus)"... turns out it's related: resembling fungi of the genus Oidium. Yes, I couldn't find an official definition, had to find it indirectly... maybe if I invest in the Scrabble Official Tournament Dictionary it might appear there?

... yeah so I was playing scramble a few minutes ago, and just *had* to express my disgust at that particular word appearing in the list of possible words for that one particular board.

... On a related note, last week Kosh and I bought the actual physical Boggle board game, and my oh my how nice it was to play for real / "live"! If nothing else, it's going to force me to actually learn the meanings to words that up til now I just knew to type in (for example: ait, ani, avo, gie, hae, quin, tae, wot), because Kosh wouldn't accept words I didn't know the definition of. Which is fair, considering I've been playing Scramble semi-professionally (read: *all* the friggin' day!) for *how* many months now?? From my first attempts where I could barely score 25 points, I can sometimes hit 140points,,, and have occasionally been the highest-scoring person in the live games room.

Hmmm, I think I need a life. :)

And, in case you were wondering:
AIT : a small island
ANI : a tropical American bird
AVO : a monetary unit of Monaco
GIE : to give
HAE : to have
TAE : to
QUIN : a quintuplet
WOT : to know

More Facebook-related news in the next post, where I'll geek out a bit at being acknowledged by an author... stay tuned!
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