Monthly Archives: September 2005

Odd Hours

I have discovered that even when sleeping a solid 9 hours, I’d still feel sleepy the next morning. Why?

I don’t know if it’s biorhythm, but sleeping even at 4am I’d still feel alright the next day. I’d have to wake up at 6am, giving only 2 hours of sleep. Or maybe it was too short a time to sleep and then feel sleep-deprived. Sleeping at 3am however made me feel shitty; 1am too, but not 2am for some reason. Heck, 11pm wasn’t right either.

I then realized that, quite simply, sleeping at odd hours would give me that sleep-deprived feeling. Sleep at 10pm, 12 midnight, 2am or 4am, and everything would be alright, for some strange reason.

The Internet is too slow for me to research what sleep does to your biological clock, so for now I’ll just claim that what I say is the ultimate truth, and all of you should sleep at 10pm.

Isn’t that the wonder of blogging? This is like an article but without any basis in research.

Waking Up To October

What: HITZ.TV Street Party
When: 1st October 2005, 3pm till midnight
Where: Berjaya Times Square driveway
How much: It’s outside so it’s gotta be free
Who: Dragon Red, Admonition, Media Puppets, Doul, Dyana, James Baum, Deja Voodoo Spells, Twilight Action Girl, Edge Of Fire, Estranged, Special Force Dator, CD Naz, Throne Away, KL Embassy, DJ Ken & DJ Kidd, Love Me Butch, Siarra, Evolution & Azlif AF3, Vince, Frequency Cannon, Gerhana Ska Cinta, Curtis Blues Review, K-Town Clan, Bau, Ahli Fiqir, One Buck Short, Teh Tarik Crew, Disagree, Lo, Syko-G + Glow shufflers

You bet I’ll be going, and to survey the price of the Canon Powershot A520. Why that? It’s the smallest manual-control camera (the upcoming 7.1 megapixel A620 is the size of the A95 as it uses 4 AA batteries) and it uses 2 AA batteries and SD card. I could also get the nifty wireless flash, the HF-DC1, for better-lighted shots.

What: Doppelganger open mike/open stage
When: 2nd October 2005
Where: La Bodega KL, 31 Tengkat Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur
How much: Free admission from 7:30pm till 11pm
Who: Jasemaine Gan, featuring Ady, Faiey, Jaz

If I’m not done looking for camera prices I’ll head over to Bintang Walk on Sunday again.

Purr Chasers

So I’ve bought quite a few things that some people might consider a waste of money, but I need it to preserve my geek sanity.

I got The Book Of Bunny Suicides and its sequel! There are, of course, many strips not shown in the online version, plus I got it for the novelty factor.

Then there’s the Su Doku For Dummies puzzle book; I chose this book because it had 240 puzzles, more than any other book of the same price. I reckon that if I had time to make a possibility-eliminating program I could make a solver.

There’s also Rock The World V the Video CD, to reminisce on the biggest Rock The World in Malaysia.

Oh and Queen – Greatest Hits I, II & III Platinum Collection, for some falsetto-inducing rocking.

The four Rubik’s Cubes on top have been featured here before, but wait, what’s that in the bottom-left corner?

Yes Kamigoroshi, eat your heart out. The 5x5x5 Professor’s Cube. (Yes I know there’s a Kinokuniya bag in the background; that’s not where I got it though. It provided better camouflage than a transparent plastic bag on the train.)

These beauties don’t come cheap (RM185, sucka) so please don’t tear any of the stickers when I’m not looking. I ordered it from a helpful toy shop in Endah Parade, who imported this, and it was the last stock. I didn’t expect the aunty to get the 5x5x5; (she asked big or small, I said both!) She didn’t manage to get the original 3x3x3 but hey! I’m not complaining of this pleasant surprise after waiting many months.

Yes, I will be excessively violent if you tear/smudge/break this cube. Heck, the same goes for my 3x3x3 cubes. It’s already hard enough to find a good imitation 3x3x3 that is smooth and not too loose.

Doing the first three layers are easy; the fourth layer edges were tricky, but I didn’t use any new moves. In theory, the old techniques could work to complete the cube (albeit very tediously), if you imagined 5 layers as 3, in groups of 1, 3, 1 or 2, 1, 2.

And you thought geeks only stare at computers and do trigonometry to make solar death rays.

Then You’ll Knit Afar, Ah!

According to sources I shall not name:

Nita of Malaysian Idol sang True Love in an album called Boys & Girls 1+1=3, released by Positive Tone, produced by a certain Paul Moss.
Farah was in the underground hip-hop scene, in a group named Blindside Bawlas.

Who cares about the dude with the highest votes? I sure don’t.

There, add that to your conspiracy theories, people.

Oh and Jaclyn was a rocker.

Oh, and have you noticed that girls often proclaim and thus subconsciously program themselves to become bisexual? Meanwhile, guys can like girls too!

I Dole

Maybe it’s good karma to give away your Malaysian Idol finale tickets at Genting Arena Of Stars.

Yes, this picture was Photoshopped.

I gave both away, and lo and behold! I saw them perform at Sunway Pyramid the same day. Yeah I was like this close, as compared to up in Genting, where I’d be this far.

It was also the first time I’d ever see the second Malaysian Idol performers sing. Yes I’m never home on Friday nights when it shows. Nita was good, while Daniel had a very obvious Chinese pronunciation to everything (and didn’t sing as flashily or perfectly). Farah however was HOT. She did the vocal gymnastics on Celine Dion’s All By Myself perfectly!

Of course, some idiot kids had to ruin it by voting the most for Daniel. After seeing his performance, all I thought was that he was a cuter Vick who didn’t sing as well, and should have gotten third place just like Vick did. Now Farah is out of the game; there is no reason for me to go anymore, even if I had tickets, accomodation and could go.

Skip Tickle Form

chez1978, you’re going to love this link. Neurotypical people are boring! That applies to about almost everybody on Friendster blogs. I end up deleting those email notifications anyway.

The wonders of Wikipedia has let me mistakenly self-diagnose myself with Asperger’s syndrome. What’s a bored geek to do? Maybe I should copy the attributes I can diagnose myself with and define it as Albertism.

“You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic.” – B.R. Forer; isn’t his description of you pretty damn straight on?

More fun here: The Skeptic’s Dictionary

And to a certain recently misconverted friend: Yes you can make X amount of money in 2 months, but you can also lose many friends in meeting them for 2 hours. 😀

The A-list

So I bumped into Azwin Andy of Estranged (and 8tv’s Latte@8 Drummer Boy and Tak Nak poster boy) once again. He said, “so I bump into you again.

Then I wondered if there was any karmaic connection between him and Az, who I used to bump into back when he was in Malaysia. So what did they have in common? Maybe it’s their height, or that they are in the underground music scene, or…

I think I’ll just elaborate on why while taking a shower, I figured it was because their names started with the letter A.

13.2% of my Friendster friends have names starting with A. 12.5% of my mobile phone contact numbers are the A list.

Now the question is, are there really that much more people starting with A, or are people whose names start with A more likely to go out? An Adam would get an invitation to a party maybe 2 hours before a Michael. Don’t forget that there’s time involved calling/messaging. By the time you reach Michael, your initial come-on-let’s-go-coaxing-power is diminished with Michael. It would also be more likely that a Alvin snapped up that other free invite of yours to a party. This Alvin then goes to the party, and other people meet him, they exchange numbers, and once again, the A-list prevails.

If you are a happening socialite with plenty of people inviting you to free beer (and you’re a guy!) and your name doesn’t start with A and you believe my theory is wack because I’m writing this after being invited to an uh… uh… some event with free beer, post a reply to this blog entry.

…then I could laugh at you for having no life and having free time to read my blog instead of going out to party.

…oh wait, don’t boycott me, I want to shake your hand and thank you for replying.

Bayar Parking

Did you know you can now pay for your parking on the third floor of Midvalley?

You even get a free palm reading while you’re at it!

While I’m on a sarcastic run, I never got any presents back in school. In fact, I was so unpopular, all my classmates… no wait, my whole school all skipped classes on that day!