Month: December 2004 (Page 1 of 2)

Wading Through Life

Amidst the sad news that I’m confronted with almost everywhere
today about the devastation and loss caused by the tsunami,
it’s good to hear that some managed to wade through it fine. Some
friends up north had their weddings go on without much incident
over the weekend. The day certainly turned for the brighter upon
learning that a good friend
was blessed with a healthy baby girl early this morning.
Alhamdulillah, praise be to God.

Life, as they say, goes on.

Twelfth Bug Of Christmas

For the twelfth bug of Christmas, my manager said to me:
Tell them it’s a feature;
Say it’s not supported;
Change the documentation;
Blame it on the hardware;
Find a way around it;
Say they need an upgrade;
Reinstall the software;
Ask for a dump;
Run with the debugger;
Try to reproduce it;
Ask them how they did it and
See if they can do it again.

Source: Phineas T. Manbottle Library of Arcane Knowledge and Questionable Humor

A very Merry Christmas/Chanukkah/Kwanzaa, to
all geeks and nerds celebrating it!

Mixtapes From My Yesteryears

While some people regard mixtapes as the poor-man's version of compilation albums, I think certain mixtapes have their own charm and appeal, especially ones that were personally compiled. The choice of songs, the sequence of the songs' recordings and the "linear" playback nature of the audio cassette tape all provide "personality" to the mixtapes. I used to make lots of mixtapes when I was in my teens till I was through uni/college. Although the initial intention of recording them was for the convinience of not having to change tapes or CDs to listen to my favorite tunes (especially for those roadtrips during the summers of my college/uni years), some of the mixtapes have that certain "emotional association" to it as they accompanied me during certain parts and journeys in my life. Listening to this one that I like to call Roadtrippin' Like It's 1999 for instance, was like opening a time capsule that brought back the "feel" of those times. From the mellow sounds of Dave Matthews Band to the hard crunching stuff by Limp Bizkit and Korn to smooth hiphop/r&b by Tyrese and SWV, it just brings 1999 all back to me. I'm featuring it on Cybersonique!FM right now.

Wikipedia has more on mixtapes.

Why Your Movable Type Blog Must Die – The Redux

It apparently is causing massive strains on webservers
(Slashdot submission at Comment Spams Straining Servers Running MT)
that webhosting companies have even resorted to disabling
Movable Type on their servers altogether. This ‘prediction’ was
noted earlier in Why Your Movable Type Blog Must Die.
Jay Allen (of the MT-Blacklist fame) has posted a full
description of the spam load issue
plaguing the widely used personal publishing tool and has
acknowledged it as a major bug in MT. Those running MT who are
getting complaints from their hosting companies might wanna try these
workarounds to combat comment spam
for now. Or use a different tool/service altogether…

iPod-gasm

Opening the package of the newly purchased 40GB Apple iPod
was certainly an orgasmic experience. Merely holding the box
package in my hands already made me squirt a little. I think I
ejaculated a bit when I opened the box and took the wrappers off
the earbuds, firewire/usb cables, power adapter and the docking
bay. As you might have guessed, by the time I got my hands on the
iPod itself, I had myself totally creamed.

And you wonder why this geek is sans girlfriend sometimes.

Malaysians And The Blinking Lights On Their Cars

Malaysian drivers generally do not turn their cars’ indicator
lights on when they’re about to make left or right turns or when
switching lanes. Some actually do, but they only do it when
they’re already turning.

On the other hand, Malaysian drivers DO like to turn BOTH
indicator lights (hazard lights)
on when driving in heavy rain
. It gets really fun, especially
for those behind them, when the driver is the kind who switches
lanes a lot while driving on the highway.

If the police force ever needs money on a rainy day, just
make the latter an offence and impose the on-the-spot maximum
fine of RM300 to any driver who commits it. If that isn’t made an
offence, car makers can save costs by taking out the indicator
lights. After all, no one really bothers to use it properly here.

Makan Beradab

When Mary got married…

Faisal: “Yang… Tengoklah I bila you nak suap tu, Yang.
Sudu you tu nak masuk hidung I lah, Yang…”

Marina: “Eh! Ye ke? Alamak, segannya!”

Marina: “Okay! Okay! Kali ni I tengok you, ye?
Nah, bukak mulut… aummmm!”
Faisal: “Camtulah isteri abang!”

May that cuteness stay on throughout their married life! More pictures in Selamat Pengantin Baru, Marina & Faisal.

Marina & Faisal’s Wedding Reception

Sunday, December 5, 2004

How To Develop Jaws Like David Coulthard

It doesn’t take much apparently. Just chew on about a ringgit’s
worth of some stiff keropok lekor a day and you’re good to
go. I had some right after Friday prayers just now (near Masjid
Mujahidin, Damansara Utama) and I already can’t feel my jaws. I’m
thinking chewing on those Wrigley‘s
chewing gums for jaw exercises are for wussies now.

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