Month: January 2005 (Page 1 of 2)

Pokku’s Nasi Dagang Party

Pokku‘s
nasi dagang party was certainly an interesting Saturday night
affair. Just like at the gathering organized by Peter Tan
the other day, I get to tie more faces to URLs (you have no
idea how weird it is having to introduce your website’s URL
after your name) like Pak Adib,
Farid,
Bibi,
Amir and
Mack “Daddy” Zulkifli
as well as Pokku’s daughters Elida
and Elisa
among others. Jordan
and wife Leen were also there. I even got toothpaste from
her.

Now, Pokku has always been talking about his false teeth for
as long as I could remember from the days I was in his
Commodore Users Exchange
group in the mid 80s and all of us developed a liking for it.
So much so that it made the cover of our magazine in one of
the issues! Since there was a dentist in our midst and I was
already conviniently armed with a tube of toothpaste, I thought
I could re-live those days by giving his detachable gnashers
some good cleaning (The Coffee Hut at Rasta TTDI is a carwash
by day so I’m sure there’s plenty of cleaning apparatus around
to get rid of the toughest stains) but sadly the dribbly
dentures were nowhere to be seen last night. That’s probably
why the delicious keropok lekor we had were very easy on
the jaws.

I hear that there’s a Nasi Kandar party
going on up north today, but I’m looking forward more to that
certain “Nasi Minyak Party” (not mine… yet) in a few months’
time…

Update (Jan 31 @ 2030 hours):
Red406
has pictures of the party
posted.

Gesundheit!

I sneezed 174 times today, beating my previous record of 139 in a
day. In return, I got people saying “Bless you” 68 times.

Don’t say I never count my blessings.

Building My Own PC For Under RM3,000 (USD790)

I’ve been holding off on building my new PC for months now but
with the arrival of the AGP version of the NVIDIA GeForce
6600GT graphics card on our shores, it has completed the list
of parts I needed to build that sub RM3,000 PC. So off I went
to everybody’s favorite pirates’ haven PC
shopping mall to get the following:

Like a kid being given a Lego
set, I sported the face of a happy boy in that hour and a half
I spent to assemble the PC when I got home. It must have been
a good day too as I did not lose any screws like I usually do.
Bliss was when it fired up without problems (i.e. did not cause
any major blackouts)
the moment I hit the ‘On’ button for the first time. I took my
time installing the OS and other stuff the rest of the evening.

Granted, it’s not really bleeding edge as far as the specs
are concerned (notice that I did not
accidentally ejaculate like I did when I got the iPod
this time around). It also won’t give anyone bragging rights
amongst the fanboys. Still, I reckon it’s quite a good platform
to start with. It runs the Doom 3, Farcry and Half Life 2
game demos at good framerates and other applications like
Office, Cubase, Firefox, etc. fast and zippy. It’s hopefully
future-proof enough for the next 5 years or so (especially if
64 bit desktop computing
were to take off bigtime) with enough headroom left for
upgrades. The last PC I built was back in 2000 and is still
running good but I left it at my parents home now so that Mom
can use it to browse the web (i.e. get those cheap AirAsia
tickets fast), email and IM with some friends and do that
occasional MIDI-ing.

Yes, it’s disturbing how geeky traits can run upwards from
child to parent in my family tree.

How To Make Your Customers Feel Loved

I just love offbeat stuff. Like this email reply I got upon
ordering a CD from CDBaby.com:

Thanks for your order with CD Baby!

Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with
sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow.

A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure
it was in the best possible condition before mailing.

Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over
the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money
can buy.

We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party
marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of
Portland waved ‘Bon Voyage!’ to your package, on its way to you, in
our private CD Baby jet on this day, Wednesday, January 19th.

I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did.
Your picture is on our wall as ‘Customer of the Year’. We’re all
exhausted but can’t wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!!

With emails like that, who needs chocolates?

Oops! My Boo-Boo!

My sincerest apologies to the people of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor,
Putrajaya, Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan. I plugged in an
extra electrical appliance on a 4 gang outlet (making it
“technically” overloaded at 5) to prepare my lunch and it just
sucked whatever juice there was out there that would normally be
consumed by six states. I didn’t realize that TNB’s power grid is
so brittle and fragile
these days. I promise I won’t overload any outlets again after
this.

Listening to: Crystal Method – Can’t You Trip Like I Do

Eat Me Not

At least they put some kinda warning on the product webpage of
the new iPod Shuffle
this time around. If only they provided the same kinda warning
when I purchased my 40GB iPod the other day. I sure didn’t expect
the iGasm that ensued.

Don’t Be Fooled By The Rocks That I Got

‘Cos these are the accursed pebbles in my garden hose. I could have been a gemstone dealer but alas, it was fated that I end up being a quarry. Anyways, as I said before, nothing says “I Love You” better than some bling-bling from the depths of the kidneys, especially when you get to pass them out on your own. Coming soon to a store near you as a novelty item this Valentine’s, folks.

Hopefully that grossed you out. Now if you’d excuse me, I’m gonna make myself a sandwich and Milo… on the rocks.

Sokonglah Muzik Tempatan Kita

If anybody were to make a case saying that I don’t buy any CDs
by local artists, think again. The last seven CDs that I’ve
purchased have all been by Malaysian artists. Check it out:
Teh Tarik Crew’s What’s Next?,
Phlowtron’s Hip-pop,
Chakra Sonic’s Kodi Kelviyin Bathil,
Puteri Gunung Ledang’s Soundtrack,
Evo 04-01,
Z-Chen,
and Ning Baizura’s Erti Pertemuan.
It was a nice coincidence that it ended up being a muhibbah mix
as well.

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