SP - GPS systems  

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After watching Transformers, if I have too much time to think, I keep thinking my phone's going to transform into a Decepticon.
They featured gps systems so heavily in the movie, that it made me want to get one myself, for no reason at all. It's my pack rat habits, I tell you. But really, it can be a real life saver. And it speaks! Practically every cabbie in Japan has one. I'm not going to say "it's time our cabbies got one too" and suggest that our government even promote them because honestly, as great an invention they are (even if it was designed so the military could blow their enemies up more efficiently and effectively), there are more pressing things to focus on.

Write properly lah!  

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While you mourn the death of a legend, there's a batch of extra moronic terrestrials professing their love for that same legend they never loved.

What I'm saying is, while some of you grew up listening to songs by the man (and probably witnessed his fall from grace), the others are just jumping on the MJ's-dead-gotta-write-about-it bandwagon.

Some of these posts resemble extractions, if not, paraphrased sentences from Wiki and various news articles. It's pathetic. I've come across a couple of postings and it felt like I was reading a mandatory blog post "paying tribute" to a dead celeb. Mundane! Half of them probably didn't even really know who Farrah Fawcett was (except for that Charlie's Angels bit), yet there they were telling the world that "another star died today".

I get that some people feel compelled to talk about current news, especially when it involves A-list celebs, but come on, do it with a bit of dignity! Some of these posts are downright disgraceful as eulogies to a man who entertained us all with his bizarre antics and awesome moon-walk-crotch-grabs. Some of them didn't even have a photo of the man in their posts. Can you say, "shoddy work"?

Even on Facebook, you see this crap.
You have people who probably didn't give two hoots about the man when he was alive, now going all "RIP Michael Jackson. We will always remember you". What kind of hypocrite are you? The narcissistic kind? If you think harder, beneath the status updates, it's really about the attention. But I digress.

Look, no one's going to persecute you for writing about it (except for me), but if you're going to join the gold rush, at least make an effort to write something worthy, so it doesn't seem obvious that all you want is site traffic.
Now get out there and write proper eulogies, you slimy bastards!

I can connect with this..  

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Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
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Ahahahaha, Neopets froze my new account.

Freeze Warning

The username was spreadthestupid.
Somehow, I forgot that it was a supposed to be a family-friendly website.

Facebook Purity Update  

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Some of you may have been experiencing some problems with your Facebook news feed if you are using Facebook Purity. It has been blocking all items in the news feed because of a code modification on Facebook's part.

To fix the problem, simply reinstall Facebook Purity.

To use Facebook Purity, you need Greasemonkey for Firefox. Read the quick guide here.


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** There will be some disgusting pictures (though it's subjective, no?) later in this post. If you get revolted easily, please, stop reading after the Announcement **

Just two pictures from the plane ride over.

Deng's Kid's Meal aboard Air Asia X
Kid's Meal Aboard Air Asia X

We learnt something new that day.
Kid's shouldn't be given so much sugar on flights, unless Air Asia wants kids to annoy the heck out of other passengers. They had Time-Out wafer chocolates, Kit Kats, a box of Sun-Maid Raisins (I liked these) and a box of jigsaw puzzles with the main meal.

This is Sam, the Australian kid that's so friendly you could die.

17 Again is FREE FOR ALL, go watch it with your other halves instead!

Now about me. Me. ME. ME.
I'm extending my quarantine because I just want to be sure I don't have the flu *cue sfx*. Don't worry, it's probably nothing. My skin doesn't even hurt yet.

** NEXT: OMG, A LIZARD!! LOOK AWAY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!! *coughcathycough* **

Do you know why I'm making a big deal out of this lizard?
Because I caught some pretty high-res photos with my telephoto lens. HAHAHAHA.

Yesterday afternoon, sitting beneath the air-conditioner, I wondered why it made such weird mechanical noises. About two minutes later, A LIZARD FELL OUT!
That lizard was grinding in the air-conditioner before it managed to wriggle its way out and almost fall on me that afternoon *shudder*.
I, of course, totally freaked out the moment I realized it was a lizard.
It took me about 30 minutes to off it and I inhaled a good amount of H2O too (it was the only way I knew how).

*EDIT: fixed the photos. Mouse over and hold until pictures load.

Before the hunt began

A little creepy photo for your perusal

I'm not proud of it. I was just scared shitless.

Malaysia boleh!  

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While the authorities are "freaking out" over swine flu transmission at KLIA, they might want to pay some attention to the screening system at the LCCT.

On the plane, passengers are given Health Declaration Forms to fill. They ask if you've been in contact with H1N1 patients, have you had any flu-like symptoms, have you just came from a country with H1N1 contamination as listed by the WHO and so on, pretty simple form. When I get to Customs at the LCCT (I was in line for the autogate), on the counter, sits a stack of papers and hanging down below was an A4 makeshift signage of "Health Declaration Form letak sini". Behind the counter, the Customs officer looks busy. I put the paper on top of the stack and go through the automated process of "checking in". Once I'm out, I turn around to see the officer reading the newspaper. Never once did she glance up.

If our first line of defence is going to be like that, I can't wait to see what we're going to do when local transmission of the flu increases *mock excitement*!


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For some insane reason, I was surrounded by midgets that squeal and cry and look cute, with no where to hide but between them.

First there was the Malaysian kid. Then an Aussie kid (who's so friendly you could die) came and said "hi" to them Malaysian kids. Response was lukewarm at first but by the third visit, the Aussie cutie and the Malaysian kid were fast friends. I look the other way and there's someone reading a magazine with a picture of a child on its cover. Seconds later, a baby stumbles by with his mother. It was one baby after another.

I got to sit beside a sitter with two young boys on the plane. Sure enough, I was showered with constant screams, squeals and crying. Trying to sleep has never been so difficult. Trying to stare into the LCD screen without a baby screaming was pretty much impossible.

You know what, I'll cut my story short. I'm exhausted.
IT WAS A VERY LONG TRIP HOME. It was supposed to be a five and a half hour long trip. Felt like fourteen.

Oh, I got "randomly selected" to be tested for residue from coming in contact with explosive materials. They used "tongs" and a cotton pad and ran them through my limbs then put it in the "sniffer".
I think it was because my jacket was zipped up to the top. Who knows what could be under those things...

The past month has been very taxing on my health, so I'm going to have to rest. I haven't slept in ... I can't count anymore. I need sleep.

Aspartame is carcinogenic  

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What the frak is aspartame and why does it concern you? Well, if you consume diet colas or artificial sweeteners, this is something you might want to read.

Coke Zero LogoPepsi Max Logo

Diet colas use Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium as substitutes for sugar, in their drinks. Both ingredients are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and have a set Acceptable Daily Intake rate. That is to say, you can consume this much everyday and still be fine.

The first study of the effects of aspartame was conducted in the 70s and they found that it was safe to consume in certain amounts. But of course, some scientists thought that the results were questionable because, surprise, surprise, the research was funded by a producer of artificial sweeteners.

Then, a second study in 2005 by the ERF (European Ramazzini Foundation), who are independent from the first study, found evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic. They tested 1800 rats over a period of 8 years and found that "aspartame increases the incidence of malignant tumours".

Sreenshot of ERF study

See see, the EU got a wee bit worried and asked the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) to assess the ERF study. The results?
EFSA: "It's alright, folks. You can get on with your lives because we're dismissing the ERF results. We found so and so to be irrelevant and so and so caused by something else and not really aspartame". (note: this is not a quote)

Well obviously the docs at the ERF weren't too happy about that. They then did a second study of their first study, this time, with the rats being fed lower dosages of aspartame. The results, released in 2007, confirmed the carcinogenicity of aspartame. Again.

I wonder why this news never got picked up by Malaysian media, though, I'm not entirely sure if it was. It's not like I read the newspaper everyday.

*I was prompted to write about this while watching an interview of Miranda Kerr when she mentioned this. Damn, that girl is fine. And smart to boot! Orlando Bloom is a lucky bastard.

Miranda Kerr at David Jones 2008 Summer Collections Launch
Photo by Brett Robson (Freelance Media - Fashion - Model Photographer)

We Bum As One  

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New addition to the sidebar.

I'm procrastinating. Building a form is more fun than studying "Distribution".

I'm getting a little too desperate now  

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Things to do when I get home:
1. Go to Friday's and try their new menu!
2. Cheese and garlic naan!
3. Movies!
4. Be a pirate. Unlimited bandwidth, baby!
5. Lester's cheesecakes!
6. Tell Minah the "beruk" joke!
7. Bake the most awesome cheesecake ever!
8. Doughnut hunting!
9. Maybe earn some cash. I need a 1TB hard disk.
10. Dentist appointment!

Yes, I'm very excited about this trip home.

No more a child at 25  

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If you have reached the age of 25, I have a bit of bad news for you, to wit: it is time, if you have not already done so, for you to emerge from your cocoon of post-adolescent dithering and self-absorption and join the rest of us in the world.
Past the quarter-century mark, you see, certain actions, attitudes, and behaviors will simply no longer do, and while it might seem unpleasant to feign a maturity and solicitousness towards others that you may not genuinely feel, it is not only appreciated by others but necessary for your continued survival. Continuing to insist past that point that good manners, thoughtfulness, and grooming oppress you in some way is inappropriate and irritating.

Grow up.


One of the best reads this week, aside from my Marketing text.
I think some of these social rules should be applied before you even turn 25 though.

Now's not the time for excitement  

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I'm so not going to score in my exam, I'm getting distracted by The Veronicas and their YooToob videos.

Two things I'm getting excited about: the aeroporto and my hair.

Images of the airport keep appearing in my head. Then I dream about what I'm going to do when I get there; check out the duty-free shops, contemplate between koala chocolates or kangaroo jerky, get grossed out by kangaroo jerky, try some Red Rooster (finally!), stone in my seat.
I can't wait to get home now. I hear we have some pretty bitchin' weather back in KL. Why isn't the thunderstorm blowing away the haze though? Speaking of thunderstorms, it looks like it's still going to be raining when I get back. What's a plane ride without some turbulence eh? *hurls*
My hair is going to curl like heck when I get off that plane. The humidity tends to fuck up my hair, y'know? Maybe I should use my Sunsilk leave on conditioner.

My currently-not-so-rockin'-but-still-pretty-awesome hair
I want to get my hair done when I get back.
I'm thinking: layer it (not sure if it's long enough though), maybe straighten a couple of the tips or emphasize it by trimming that area, trim the fringe, then do some highlights (what colour?). But my current hairstyle is a little flat for that look, gotta give it some volume. And the front end of my hair is longer than the back because of my bob but I reckon the end result will look pretty smashing. Hope my frizzies won't screw up the whole look.
Mum told me about this salon in Sunway or somewhere that charged my aunt Rm100 something for a perm and a cut and a dye. That, or I'm just making that up. Someone, go with me!

In other news, I've finally learnt to put on eye-liner! Just very simply.
A massive step into the world of womanhood considering I didn't know my eye-liner from my mascara. Next, I will conquer mascaras and coloured lip gloss/balm!

This hermit thing is getting to me  

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I was trying to look for new people to (possibly) talk to on Facebook and Innit but sadly, I couldn't find any with similar interests. I took a stab at She and Him and Marit Larsen as interest points but nada. It's just so sad. So, I'm publicizing my Facebook profile, actually filling my interests, activities and whatnots, putting myself out there.

Did you know you can learn a lot about a person through their activities, interests and opinions?

OMG I'm fat  

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I just had a long hard look at myself in the mirror. My face looks chubbier.

It's the cheese, SO the cheese. Every Friday I get sandwiches from the cafe and I go home and add an extra slice of cheese on it. When I have home-made sandwiches, I have a slice, sometimes two slices of cheese. Then there's the Macaroni and Cheese with extra cheese! It's also the meat, oh the meat! I have more meat here than I have back in Malaysia.

I'm going to change my eating habits when I get back. I have to! I don't want a big face.

I can't get enough of Transformers  

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24th June 2009 in Malaysian cinemas

*I watched the trailer, and of all the WHOAs, WAHs and HOLY SHITs I was supposed to express, I thought "did that bad bad robot spit a tiny robotic limb to slap Shia LaBeouf (1.55min)???"

The 24th was a very important day (cue: fireworks and party hats) until I had to change it to the 22nd of June instead.

"Apasal", you ask.

"United International Pictures Malaysia are premiering Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, 2 days before the Malaysian premiere and a full 24 hours before the world premiere and Nuffnang is giving out tickets to the premiere," I exclaim. Yes, I said "premiere" four times in a sentence.

To be honest, the only two robots I can recognize on Transformers are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Mega-who?
The rest are just really cool robots that can do really cool stuff. Sorry lah, but I grew up in the Power Rangers era mah.

So I'm sitting at home in an itchy turtleneck trying to study for my exam and all I can think about is the Transformers. It's torture I tell you, waiting for the premiere of a movie is torture.

Transformers 2 poster Mosaice-d

You've got the hot chick for the dudes, the heroic male lead for the girls, and of course, the robots for every fanboy in the theatre.
I mean, how can you NOT want to watch an awesome blockbuster like this?!

My I-hope-I-win slogan:
I can't get enough of Transformers because I want to save Optimus Prime from the evil bots. Keep your robotic missiles away from him!

It's not weird to think a bot is hot, right?

I live for others  

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I'm going to take a nap and then study when I wake up.
It's a promise I'm making to You, not myself, because I tend to break promises to myself.
Cross my butt, hope to fly, stick a twinkle in my eye.

Threadless Sale! -closed-  

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Threadless Summer Sale $5 tees! Ships to PJ, M'sia. Send me your orders by June 7th, 12am (GMT+8)[order's closed], to share delivery costs! http://www.threadless.com

Generally begins at $9 and goes down from there (with more people sharing) but the heavier the parcel is, the higher the rate, so take note of that.
Everyone will pay for their bulk of the parcel. That is to say, you pay for the delivery charges of each shirt you buy. Don't worry, you still save if we buy together.
Eg. 8 tees by yourself = $21 for shipping compared to 8 tees out of 13 tees = $16.74 for shipping. You save $5! Just enough for another tee!

Postage calculations:
i. number of tees ordered / total number of tees ordered * 100% = your bulk of the order
ii. your bulk of the order * total shipping costs = your share of shipping costs

Your total bill will amount to:
i. your share of shipping costs + (number of tees ordered * $5 [or $10 or $15, whichever applicable]) = your grand total in USD
ii. your grand total in USD * bank's rate at time of transaction = your grand total in RM

Just so you know, I got a D for Additional Math.

It will be based on the bank's rate at the time of transaction (when the bank receives my transaction).
Note that the tees are advertised in US Dollars and that you will pay me in Ringgits.

Payment method: Bank deposit (Maybank) or COD

Short blob  

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I just figured out one of the reasons Avril's songs are popular in Japan.
Her songs are singable by the average Japanese (think: karaoke plays = popularity). The Japanese sure love their karaoke machines. Plus, they can reach really high notes. Besides, they love all things Pop and American (well, technically Avril's Canadian but she was produced in USA).

I built a lightbox  

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I've been busying myself these past two days building a lightbox. The design's by David from Strobist.




I used my desk lamp and the camera's flash as light sources but it wasn't very good. It'd have been much easier if I had more lights and maybe thinner tracing paper.

Nokia N73 Music Edition

Everybody loves Scotch tape.

This apple is making its way down my digestive tract as we speak.

Yeah, I don't have that many trinkets in my room.

How to remove Facebook quizzes  

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[Read the update on June 25, 2009.]

Since Facebook decided to go all Live Feed on us, we've been smothered with quiz results that we don't give two hoots about. A few of our brethren have gone berserk on their status updates, cursing this inundation of useless information.
Ah, but we are saved!
One very awesome guy wrote Facebook Purity, a script to remove stupid quiz results and application messages from external developers. It also works on Chrome and Opera and runs on Greasemonkey, a Firefox add-on.

Facebook Purity Snapshot

To use Facebook Purity with Firefox:
1. Install Greasemonkey Firefox add-on. You'll have to restart Firefox.
2. Install Facebook Purity.
3. Done!

Word of caution: don't install scripts that you don't trust. They can be really nasty.

Eh I think I'm going to be a millionaire lah  

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How to Spend Like a Frugal Millionaire
by Kimberly Palmer

Today's guest post comes from Jeff Lehman, author of The Frugal Millionaires

Spending Philosophy

Frugal millionaires are unique thinkers when it comes to spending money:
1) they can easily delay their need for gratification when purchasing;
2) they are resourceful in getting what they want by carefully timing their consumer purchases;
3) they make living below their means painless;
4) they don't like wasting anything (especially money);
5) their sense of "self-entitlement" is highly minimized: and
6) spending is OK with them...depending on what they are buying (think: appreciating vs. depreciating assets).

Buying Tips

Cars: Buy used (or off lease) fuel-efficient cars, often with "certified pre-owned" warranties. This warranty can be better than a new car, plus the initial depreciation hit is avoided. Drive the car for a long time and never lease it.

Eating Out: Bring half of a meal home to eat later (this also saves the waistline). Eat at happy hours. Bring wine from home and skip dessert. Value food quality over expensive ambience.

Eating In: Eat better and less expensively by cooking at home. Make it a friends and family event. Get your kids involved. Bonus: You can have that extra drink without worrying about getting busted for driving under the influence. Also: buy day-old bread at the best bakery in town and freeze it. Eat oatmeal, because it's the most cost-effective breakfast food. Get a supermarket "club card" and buy food on special. Play the game of trying to see how much of a discount can be saved off the total food bill.

Clothes: When you buy something new donate something used to charity. Buy traditional clothes, but wait for the off-season to acquire them. Go for high quality — not high price. Buy vintage clothing and avoid logo clothing and keep people guessing who the designer might be. Hint: There shouldn't be one!

Consumer Electronics: Buy low-end gear that has the basic functionality of the more expensive stuff. Don't be the first to buy new technology. Wait at least one lifecycle so the bugs are worked out. Buy refurbished electronics whenever possible.

Computers: Buy more mainstream computers with proven technology. Select higher capacity hard drives, a decent amount of RAM (the memory that the program runs in) and a cost effective processor. Super fast doesn't always equal super good...unless you are building airplanes or bridges. Laptops are a good compromise between desktops and netbooks. Don't go through the pain of upgrading operating systems on existing computers, it's not time efficient and you will probably go insane trying.

Going green: Being green and frugal go hand-in-hand. Yet frugal millionaires don't readily fall for the trendy green hype machine. They typically buy green if it helps the environment and lowers their costs. They look at the timeframe when a product can pay for itself. They do use compact fluorescent lighting, turn off lights and equipment that isn't being used, monitor AC and heat usage (with programmable thermostats), drive efficiently, live in "right-sized" homes and turn off the water when they aren't brushing their teeth or washing dishes. Because they have trained themselves to not waste money they won't waste anything else either. They get into good habits and keep them going. You can, too.