Month: May 2004 (page 1 of 2)

Stark Naked Riders

I'm a rollercoaster nut enthusiast. I like to ride all the rides hands free and on front row center no matter how tall, fast, twisted, deranged they are. I'm all for elevating and heightening the level of excitement on them rides but these kids have taken it at a whole new level altogether when they rode the 'Nemesis Inferno' ride clothes free as part of a new world record attempt on the most number of naked riders on a rollercoaster. I hope the park attendants washed and disinfected the seats after that.

More Amazing Things In Small Packages

Last month, I wrote about
this Doom 3 like game called
.krieger
that is only 96kb in size. I’m sure many people were stumped and
curious to know how that much stuff got cramped into such a tiny
executable. The guys behind it, Farbrausch,
are no strangers in the demoscene as they have been producing many,
many mindblowing demos that defy their 64kb sizes such as
.the .product,
Poem To A Horse,
Candytron
among others. Read up on the technology behind .the .product
and a quick guide from one of the programmers,
Tammo Hinrichs a.k.a. KB,
on how the programmers (particularly in the demoscene) these days
should Fucking Learn To Code Again.
Hardcore!

Picky Choosy

I admit to being quite picky when it comes to wanting things.
People around me often complain that when it comes to getting
things for myself, it’ll take a fair bit of time before they
see me make my mind up and when I’ve finally made my mind up,
it’s really difficult to sway me any other way. There is a
problem with this of course, and that is some things are just
limited in terms of their availability and I’m sometimes left
with absolutely nothing in the end. Despite that, those decisions
have often enough held to be correct and I certainly am glad to
have them done that way than any other way. I mean, I don’t have
that much resources in hand to afford much trial and error and
see stuff being wasted altogether. I know it does make me “rigid”
in certain ways but I figure it’s better this way than having to
correct mistakes that’ll prove to be costlier to fix. To quote
what my a friend of mine always say, “Make a mistake once, take
it as a learning experience. Do it twice or more, you’re
definitely a dumbass.”

Yes, this is most probably why I have that darned
dysfunctional defense mechanism and why I’m immune from any
urges for impulse retail therapy. Never cross me out if you’re
thinking of going shopping though. They say since I don’t get
much stuff, I make a helluva good walking talking shopping cart
and a coat rack (which was not too long ago).

Shrek 2

If you thought the first installment was a riot, wait till you
see its sequel! You know you’re not in for a typical computer
animated movie when you have Lipps Inc’s “Funkytown”
in one of the movie’s opening sequences and Fairy Godmother
belting out Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero”
in one of the many hilarious sequences. Shrek 2
follows its predecessor’s trend in that it takes typical fairy
tale characters and situations and subsequently blends and mashes
them up with contemporary pop culture references and moments that
leaves you in stitches all the way till the credit rolls! At
times, I did find myself getting distracted from the storyline
with all the gags and spoofs that were being thrown about
(Pinnochio’s rescue of Shrek from the Knights’ keep ala Tom
Cruise in Mission: Impossible was priceless!). But all in all,
Shrek 2 is good fun to watch and I really wouldn’t mind going for
a second helping of this sequel!

Pria Sdn. Bhd.

Moving out from the house
(and room) that I have spent
most of my life growing up in wasn’t so much of a big deal
really. After all, I’ve done that couple of times before when I
went to boarding school, preparatory college and then university.
Even a couple of years back, I got sent to Thailand and Singapore
for long stints on work related assignments when I was with my
former company. But in all those times, it’s never really been
totally on my own as there’s always a group of people that I’m
living with. This time however, it’s different as I could pretty
much go about my daily personal life at my own pace. It’s not to
say that I never had the freedom to do so when I’m staying with
other people but I guess I’ve been brought up to respect a common
set of rules when living under the same roof as other people.
Still, as much as I like this new degree of freedom, it’s no fun
when you come back to an empty home at the end of the day. That’s
different from what I had last time too.

The Vicious Perpetual Downward Spiral

It was my morbid curiosity more than anything else that actually
brought me to watch (and stomach) that video showing an American
civillian being decapitated in the hands of cold-blooded
extremist militants. Then there’s this article which
questions the authenticity of the video
and the timing of its release with all the flak the US is
receiving in light of the prison abuse that took place in Iraq at
the moment (something along the lines of “if you think what we
did to them in prison was horrible, look what they’re doing to
our people in captivity”). I’m not one to subscribe to any
conspiracy theories but violence will beget more violence and
this vicious circle is on a perpetual downward spiral judging
from how things are being handled in the region at the moment.

Listening to: Sheila On 7 – Berhenti Berharap

The Red Pill Effects

I really don’t feel like doing anything this week but just sleep,
sleep and vegetate for the sake of recuperating. I still haven’t
caught up with myself after a whirlwind of activities the whole
of last week. I was really looking forward to having a good
weekend’s rest but alas I fell ill instead. The weather isn’t
really helping either. Now Monday is here and the nose is back to
the grindstone. At times, I do feel like I’m spreading myself too
thin and I find myself sometimes asking whether this is all worth
it in the end. I have no answer for that. I took
The Red Pill
and now God probably wants to show me how deep the rabbit hole
goes if I keep at it. I just pray that He will give me the
strength to proceed with this endeavor and let me live to see
what’s at the end of it.

Fuzzpedals And Geetar Stabz Are Cool

Felt compelled to include this bit of Khia’s My Neck, My Back
(click to listen to MP3 sample) into the mix track I’m currently
working on. Fits in nicely among other tracks featuring
fuzzpedals, geetarz and turntable scratches from The Crystal
Method, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Now where the heck did I stash my Nine Inch Nails CD…

What’s The Worst That Could Happen

Sometime last week, Atie a.k.a. Tasia
was in town so I brought her, Suria and Adik out to lunch at
at a restaurant in Taman Tun. As I was about to pick up the tab,
I realized that the money that I withdrew earlier from the ATM is
not in my wallet! All that was in there were the ATM receipt that
I withdrew the money and some cash that I had beforehand. I don’t
have any issues with going Dutch actually but when the expectation
is otherwise, it certainly doesn’t do much to the fledging
“currency” or “stock” that I currently hold for myself. :P And I
still can’t find that darned money till today. :(

There’s a theory going around that it happened ‘cos Lina got
“inadvertently” left out for the lunch outing and thus casted
some voodoo magic from her office which is not too far off from
where we were at. :P Next time! Promise!

The Crib V1.0

After over one year since V0.9, then the accidental renovation a month ago and then and my recent exodus to the apartment a.k.a. The Phuturecrib, the place can now be finally declared as feature complete at V1.0. No more “patches, upgrades, service packs”, etc. is expected for the next several months to come I hope. :P The pictures below show its before and after states. Here’s a sneak peek of how it’s like in the main living/dining area. Wanna see more, especially the infamous green tiles? Do come and swing by the place! Bring food as well. It’s always welcomed with open mouth and empty tummy! ;)

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