I’ve been very wary and weary of social media of late. I’m looking at you, Facebook. Looking at the feed it’s generating for me, it has become a cesspool of vile hatred and a putrid petri dish of falsehoods propagated by the masses who love amassing likes and comments to feed their narcissistic needs. It may be argued that the origins are small in number but they are undoubtedly loud. I doubt Facebook would do anything much besides paying lip service to stem it as, let’s face it, it’s their revenue stream. The algorithms used to present the newsfeed to you are optimized for engagement. The more of which, e.g. rage inducing posts, means more revenue for them. One can attempt to put good postings or tweets out there to quell and calm the rage but the algorithm will render them less viral.
So, as much as I would like to get off the social media bandwagon, I must admit that I’m like any typical Malaysian who’d love nothing more than to rubberneck at the scene of an accident, but in this case, postings that are rife with wacky conspiracy theories and blatant misinformation. I do find them to be entertaining at times though. I just hope that people will still have enough grey cells to stop to think before they believe and before they share stuff.
It’s 2020! Blogging feels so Y2K at this point. Is it still relevant?
So much water under the bridge since I last wrote anything significant on this website. I finally got laid married in 2016 (after unlocking the “40 Year Old Virgin” achievement the year before), been blessed with a son in 2017 and have been busy adulting since. There were times I wished I did all this earlier but reflecting back on my own attitude towards things back then, I don’t think I’d have the wisdom and patience to deal with some things.
I’ve also succumbed made the plunge to move this website to WordPress after years of running this thing on my own homebrewed solution. I finally realize the wisdom of using something that is widely supported and used by the community at large after years of having the “not invented here” syndrome. Again, I wish I did this earlier.
“Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.” – Felix Frankfurter
This is one of those things that can come out when I hang around at Fuse after yoga (or dinner). I wrote the lyrics with Omar K while the music was done by Audi Mok and Omar. It was a treat to learn that the song was eventually recorded and performed by big names in the local entertainment scene like Dato’ Jalaluddin Hassan, Afdlin Shauki, Faizal Tahir, Juzzthin and Wafiy.
May 9, 2013 / Redzuan / Comments Off on My Open Letter To Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah & Saudara Khairy Jamaluddin
Salaam Dato’ Saifuddin and Saudara Khairy
I write to you to express my thoughts about Utusan Malaysia’s rather incendiary headline recently and the leadership’s statement about the Chinese being ungrateful from the outcome of the recent General Elections. I choose to write to you since you’re the closest people within my age group and that I share your vision of progressive politics. My voice is not loud but I hope it is heard by you and thus be counted, conveyed and amplified for the leadership to hear and listen.
I actually went the whole of 2012 without putting an entry on this website. What is this world coming to…
Anyway, Happy 2013! Or as some of you superstitious ones would refer to as 2012A. I suppose this trend will continue next year when the Chinese, being superstitious they are of anything with the number 4, will refer 2014 as 2013A. My fingers actually hurt typing those extra letters there.
This is supposed to be a reboot of this website. Yes, it’s completely updated underneath. I’ve also moved to a different webhost altogether after 10 years on the previous one. Can you imagine that they’re charging about the same amount per quarter as the current webhost does for a year (i.e. 3 months on old webhost = 1 year on new webhost)? They’ve served me well but as with most things, it had to come to an end.
Of course, every end has a new beginning and I hope this will mark a new beginning for this website too. As much as I love the concise nature of Twitter, 140 characters doesn’t accomodate situations that calls for verbal diarrhea. So this shall be my little soapbox for me to make a stand for myself and the little people I represent (where applicable). Plus, there may be times I wanna show off couple of things too so this shall be the place.
This is what you get when you combine “Kenapa” by Shazzy & Lah VE with “Love You Like A Love Song” by Selena Gomez, “Can’t Get You Outta My Head” by Kylie Minogue and “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor together. There’s plenty of “kapak”, corn, cheese and cliches to go around. Its eventual title is actually “Kenapa Is Like A Love Song (That You Can’t Get Out Of Your Head And Survive)”. Which begs the question “Why?”. I suppose ‘cos it’s all the fun to be had making fun of something that some of us have fun making fun of. Careful that you might end up putting it on repeat-peat-peat-peat-peat ;)
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