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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Shocking and sad and yet oh so familiar

In recent months there has been a barrage of torture stories, secret chambers and dead children, one worse than the other, and the level of depravity, one lower than the other. From that half way house where all the children were raped and tortured by no less than respectable "pillars of society", here is one story of Elisabeth Frizl who was kidnapped and trapped by her father at the age of 18 and for 24 years she stayed in a less than 5 feet 2 inches dungeon, devoid of sunlight and she was raped so many times, she gave birth to 7 children, one who died at childbirth and interestingly, no! shockingly... no! strangely 3 of those children were allowed to live upstairs whilst the others languished below, no one knew. Apparently not even his live in son in law, next door neighbour, tenant OR even poor Elisabeth's mother! How can the mother not know? Does this man yield so much hynoptic power or fear over her that she simply got blinded? Read the article and you too will shed a tear for her lost youth, her lost freedom. Apparently after being starved for 24 years devoid of sunlight, she now looks older than her age, has bones of an 80 year old, and practically looking like an albino. The press has yet to release a picture but I think even her children all have hunchback since they can never stand up straight. This was only discovered when one of the trapped child got really sick and somehow in his sick mind this man, this father finally deems it fit to release all of them. What now can be done to him to undo what was done to this woman and the incestous by products? Why only her? Probably he abused her sexually since young, she wanted to leave, he being a control freak refused and trapped her. Why only the 3 children? Probably because it was becoming too crowded down there, he needed space. What can be done to him? Take away his liberty, take away his freedom, trap him in a small dungeon and throw away the keys forever. That will probably drive a sadistic control freak crazy but nothing can be done to give her justice. Nothing and I feel very saddened by this news. How can such a thing happen? Saddest was how the trapped children were all homeschooled by this remarkable woman who despite her ordeal, loved them enough to teach them, to beg the monster that was her father to take one very sick daughter to the hospital. I hope she will somehow find peace in her life and to me she is one truly remarkable woman. Any lesser ones would have killed themselves or given up hope whatsoever years and years ago.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

To His Coy Mistress

I mean I do know British are cultured and all but I never knew their TV programmes can reflect that too. In BBC there was or maybe is (I do not know) a show called Essential Poems where they find famous (at least in Britain and I am sure those who can recite well) actors/actresses to recite famous poetry whilst acting in some scenes. Well that was what I gathered from a few clips I saw. I was searching for interviews of Damian Lewis (I am crazy about Life and him) when I stumbled across the following clip of a poem with a very naughty title, To His Coy Mistress. I mean I was and still am never into poetry (puts me to sleep) but the one encounter I had with a really good poem was with the one called Daffodils when I was in the LRT and there was this poem in there and I just stared and stared and I just understood it, for once, a poem I could understand. Now this one I thought was a new poem but apparently not. Not only does Damian Lewis recited it so well that with him reciting poems I think I can fall in love with poetry or even Shakespeare (he was excellent in the modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing). Such clear diction, what a posh accent, what a beautiful sensual whispering voice and of course reading the poem, it is about I suppose seduction? I read in a website that explained the poem is about a man seducing a woman and explaining what he intends to do with her and how she should respond and that the word vegetable is referring to his ermm... well know lar. If not for this explanation and the visuals, frankly I doubt I could understand the poem. The video below and believe me you too will be swept away by his voice.

This clip somehow got cut off about 5 seconds before the end so missing a word or two. Download the proper full length version here. Look for "Essential Poems: To His Coy Mistress". However the video version recital edited out the entire last paragraph, probably for saving time or something. There are other recitals as well and just as great but somehow this one stuck in my mind.

Just so you know how different a reading can be, an alt version which I feel is a bit no feeling and very Oxford English Literature-ish and a bit creepily angry.

The words in text ...

To his Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell (1681)

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day;
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood;
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.

Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may;
And now, like am'rous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour,
Than languish in his slow-chapp'd power.
Let us roll all our strength, and all
Our sweetness, up into one ball;
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life.
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.


How seductive, how scandalous, how I wish a man would recite this to me as Damian Lewis did to that lucky girl in that clip. I swear I could melt.

Ermmm ... so which one is your preferred version? Are you even into poetry, Chinese, English or otherwise?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Dark Knight

Wow. Wow. Wow.

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The big version does it justice. Wow.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

They Kiss Again

I am a fan of It Started With A Kiss in that rather strange way that I shouldn't have been in the usual circumstances. You can read my review in TV > Taiwan/China. So when I found out I could actually download the files for the sequel, They Kiss Again (minus the subtitles for most of the episodes but I shall survive the lehs, ehs and yehs, typical in the modern mandarin speaking youth in Taiwan) I jumped at it, eventhough it had to be one file per 2 hours. Yes, Megaupload has that rule. Anyway I am slowly approaching the target of 20 episodes, except episode 20 is not out yet.

Anyway I am just disturbed by the contents of ISWAK and TKA. I just get this impression however much one loves another, perhaps marriage shouldn't be for those who has yet to embark on theor career. I feel for the character Zhi Shu who in ISWAK gives me an impression that as cold as he may be, he do love Xiangqin but not enough to want to marry her immediately. It is like the trend of modern series in Taiwan lately that one must marry the one loved by that one person immediately. Engagement, waiting a few years, all out of the way. And with marriage comes children. Whilst I feel the character of Xiangqin is genuinely likeable and I do find her absolute awe shucks devotion to Zhishu cute and heart warming most of the time, I just don't see if in real life how can she be a good wife and a capable mother. They're both same age but she seems so immature, her world filled with her idea of utopia and her utopia is of course to please Zhishu. In fact she made it such a way that her entire being is to be devoted to Zhishu, that sometimes I feel sorry for Zhishu not having any space to breath. Marriage for such immature and not ready younglings are to me a huge mistake. More so when Xiangqin dresses in cute pink, her hair tied in such a way usually reserved for 10 year olds going to school and her bedroom just screams "TEENAGER IN LOVE". But of course this series even the sequel I am sure will show they will go through it all and live happily ever after. That somehow Zhishu's cold cold heart will be thawed and Xiangqin hopefully will mature a bit in the end. But the way the previews and comments go, poor Zhishu is often blamed for being cold to Xiangqin. I think I have said this in my review of ISWAK and if I didn't, I shall say it here; Xiangqin seems like a poodle; always eager to please, always in want of love and attention and confirmation of love by Zhishu who is more like a cat; he will come to you on his own terms. Both are as flawed as they're interesting in their own way and I have no doubt in real life, such a union will not work, at least not at such an age. A person as brilliant as Zhishu must be given space to grow, an undisturbed opportunity to seek his own path and Xiangqin, if such a person exists must let him go a little and have faith that he will return to her. But the way the story goes, she goes on to study nursing! Now that is scary. I just have issues with someone's entire being and career choices is dependent on the other person's interest and movements.

When I watch TKA, I hope I will see Zhishu learning to be humble and a better man, Xiangqin finding her own voice and having her own opinion and actually learning to let Zhishu go and for once stop being so crazy about him and yet be very patient and not expecting anything in return like that poodle and most of all, I just wish the casting director finds a guy who looks like a guy and to stop the Zhishu bashing as being cold and aloof to Xiangqin.

However I doubt that will be the case. As always Xiangqin will get her reaffirmation of Zhishu's love, she will probably be a nurse to his doctor. How she can pass is beyond my understanding. And just so you know, your career doesn't become complete when you graduate. That is only the beginning and I can so imagine her killing a patient or two in future with her fumbling all the way and poor Zhishu's professional integrity being questioned when he will have to cover up for her out of love. That could be ONTDIA, the 3rd part as in Oh No! They Did It Again.

I really fear for the patients in Taiwan.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Brink Of Law part deux

Sometimes I surprise even myself. I am still watching The Brink Of Law although I do miss what is cumulatively 1 episode per week. You see my schedule is like this:-

Mon - 9pm to 10 pm - Without A Trace (since House is still a repeat, no House from 10pm)
Tue - 9pm to 10pm - Life
Wed - 8pm to 9pm - American Idol
Thurs - 8pm to 9pm - American Idol

So basically I missed half an hour on Mon and Tues, hence 1 episode missed each week. Can't watch repeat since it is in the middle of the night and next day I am working.

So far apart from checking out not so indepth reviews I have resisted from finding out more. I want to be surprised and well this series in itself is quite a huge surprise. I will comment more in my review which I am excited to write unless the ending is a complete dud (please don't tell me!). I want to see if Michelle Yim dies or go to jail, whether what's his name, Ah Long recovers, and what nots. For a series which the title is so decisive, the entire series is really not even remotely related to the title, Chinese or English. So yeah, refreshing at least.

So how did I hold up to a daily dose of double threat of bad actors, that is the inconsistent Ron Ng and the absolutely horrible Shirley Yeung? Plus all the lip gloss that Sehseh has commented on on a certain young actress, Kate Tsui or something that till todate I still think of happy plump shiny lips? Frankly quite well actually. Ron Ng is not that inconsistent thus far anymore, Shirley Yeung isn't really that horrible although please that doesn't mean I am joining the bandwagon with chants like "She has improved! She has improved!" because it is all about perspective and yes, Kate Tsui right? She is thus far ok mainly because she is barely there except for her glossy lips. I am holding up well, still surviving and thanks for your concern just in case you're wondering. No big deal really. I am however still suffering a bit because of the actor who plays Ron's uncle turn father.

I haven't written nor posted a review for a while but this series might just motivate me.

Hopefully it ends as strangely as the title to the content of the series is. You know what I mean?

JK Rowling Vs her no. 1 fan perhaps

I didn't know about this amazingly debatable and entertaining lawsuit until I read a small news about JK Rowling suing one of her biggest fan who operates one of the more famous fansite on Harry Potter to which she herself once heaped praises on for attempting to publish a Harry Potter Lexicon.

I was like what is a lexicon? Checked with an online dictionary and it was "a wordbook or dictionary". Quite like an encyclopedia that JK Rowling has planned to write. She sued because she claims he took her work, word for word and incorporated into this wordbook like an A-Z thing without much comment, credit or discussion. That is not within the scope of fair use and infringes her right or copyright.

What an interesting case. Frankly I also find it difficult to draw the line. Before you thought JK Rowling sued, rather it was perhaps movie studio versus publishing house that commissioned the book and wanted to publish it. It's a murky area as to how much taken from a book is too much? Does it really infringe her rights and if won will open the floodgates of plagarism? Is it even plagarism when the source material is so well known? Why this guy when there are dozens of books and guides on the world of Harry Potter? What makes Potter so special that it is immune from such exploitation rather like sayyyyy LOTR?

Yes I call it exploitation not in a malicious way but rather saying it as it is, whether by fan or no fan. In this day and age, it is very interesting to have a set of original novels and dozens and dozens of other books published about those set of original novels, from commentaries to what ifs to indexes to everything else. So to me what this fan, Steve Vander Ark who by the way is a 50 year old former librarian (and webmaster of Harry Potter Lexicon) is doing is nothing new. But is what he is doing fair use?

I don't know. You tell me. It must have hurt him to hear his idol said his work was sloppy and lazy. It must have hurt even more when fans of Harry Potter, almost all of them unanimously denounced him as a con artiste. From what I read, what he attempted to do was actually reproduce his website's content in print form. No comments, no articles, just indexing the world of Harry Potter for those who could not differentiate between Accio to Wingardium Leviosa. The judge himself even said he find the words gibberish and hinted perhaps a lexicon would be useful. I agree, because not everyone can understand or has the imagination or capacity to understand the vast plot, names, characters, details, spells, theories and description of a world as magical and as complex as Harry Potter. So you naysayers will denounce the books as children's books, and that a lexicon or dictionary or encyclopedia to explain Harry Potter to the masses may be a bit overkill and over compliments in the lights of other great classics of Tolkien and perhaps even the Dune series! I disagree of course since I am a major fan of the books, having read books 1-4 like 15 times each. Yes I disliked Book 5 and 6 and though liked Book 7, I thought the ending, to quote JK Rowling herself "lazy and sloppy". She did tied up the ending and plots and all but the writing became increasingly heavy, repetetive and almost witless. Probably because she had to do it in a rush. And for her to say nothing to those horrible adaptations and endorsements products that I have always commented on, I could only say being possibly the richest author in the world (the 1st billionaire and all) with a themepark coming, this case will not do her any harm at all. She is not seeking publicity I believe and I believe she genuinely is offended by what this fan is doing, taking the thunder from her since she herself has similar plans for a similar book, 3 years in the making perhaps. She also mentioned her fear that her own book may not sell (proceeds for charity), he was trying to profit from her effort and she was so stressed she couldn't and may be discouraged artistically to write any more. And she cried on the stand.

A bit melodramatic but I am sure you get the point how much Harry, a fictional character in a fictional world is how important to her.

I see arguments on both side, but I see more for Steven Vander Ark. Look this case doesn't look good. It is like David vs Goliath and guess who won? Is it fair use? I would think so and it can't be plagarism if everyone knows the source material. It merely indexes the various events and all, maybe an opinion or two thrown in. Maybe no speculative material and the market is big enough to accomodate many lexicons and encyclopedias of the same subject. And frankly if his was sold as RM30-00 and JK Rowling released on at RM60-00 with same approach to the subject matter although hers would be more authoritative in that area, I would buy hers without any doubt. So her worries are not that major. As to her rights infringed, perhaps. But if she is successful, so all those Dummies For Harry Potter would have to question themselves if such and such can be printed and it would require too much paperwork and red tape and may lead to censorship, even if that is not the intention and in the end lifted the literary world into like a pedestal. Like untouchable. The effect can be far reaching. Likewise if he wins, perhaps authors' work may be plundered and yet I can't seem to see that point if we all know the name of the original author. Some even accused JK Rowling of taking ideas from famous works. Well ideas is different from wholesale material. So I can't decide until I read his book but it looks like it won't happen for years. My prediction is, Steve Vander Ark will forever be banned by Potter fans (who can be rabid in their affection, so much so that everything JK Rowling does is god in action which I disagree since idolising someone doesn't mean the idol is always and forever is right), JK Rowling will publish her book and earn billions, big movie studios will continue to sue in the name of copyright infringement of their billion dollar money making machine, fans will move on and guess what? That small publishing house being sued will probably go belly up.

Seriously, would you not buy her encyclopedia if there ever was one?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

It may be too early to say this but hating it and determined to hate it is two entirely different concept and I will say that after reading the following, I am determined to hate this movie that bastardasizes the great Journey To The West story. It is not because of a white boy saving the world, but the entire concept of it and that the movie has characters from so many sources. If this was made in HK, it would have been a hit because it would be considered a spoof comedy but it would have nonetheless been a stupid idiotic hit. But in America and the rest of the western world, it is considered a serious coming of age drama. Give me a break.

"In Forbidden Kingdom, American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano), who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kungfu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China.There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent kungfu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself."

The Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years? White Hair Demoness? I have always said JTTW could have been adapted as a story in its original form or taken out all the subtext and still is a very engaging story. But that whole imprisoned by evil Jade Warlord had me fuming. How can Jackie Chan and Jet Li sell their soul to make this crap? Oh don't get me wrong. The movie may be entertaining, it may even be fun and has a lesson to teach and to learn but the entire monkey king legend/myth/story has just been bastardized till no end. They're not the first, HK did several crappy version. I wonder though, Jet Li also plays the monkey king? Will monkey king make an appearance?

The only nice twist I like is the name of the boy;Jason Tripitikas. Tripitikas can be greek sounding or sounds like one of the names of a Buddhist monk. Nice one.

As for the movie in English, I suppose English is easier to learn than Cantonese/Mandarin. Moreover you can't expect the westerners and everybody else to learn to read subtitles, something which we Asians have done for years so that is an ok compromise.

Andrew Johnston, the voice of an Angel, Jason Castro, the voice of cool seduction & why Robbie Williams rules

I wonder when will Britain Got Talent ever come to Malaysia because after Paul Potts, I was impressed with the format. Even Simon who is also one of 3 quite harsh judges really soften up most of the time. He seems less critical and more interested in this show. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the comment or maybe these are truly undiscovered talents, when Paul Potts sang in his audition, I was totally silent. He auditioned in front of many many people and it was amazing. I read about this kid, Andrew Johnston, 13 years old in the papers, how he was bullied for his love of opera, how he wants to make a life for himself and yet lacks the confidence. Hunted down the clip and found it and guess what? Reminded me of Paul Potts. What a beautiful voice. I read one mean article which said this show is using this boy and may others' talent for self gain, that surely they packaged him into a major sob story and that this boy was chubby and his voice wil break, and so then what? Well let me say to this stupid article, the link I will post it later when I find it, he is not obese chubby. He is cute chubby. Of course his voice will break so then maybe he can sing other songs. When someone so young, like Connie Talbot (from Season 1) can sing, no matter what, they can sing. It is not a disguised talent, it is real, the question now is to adjust it o suit the moment. The boy will cope and if his voice does break, I am sure there are help to guide him. What is amazing, I am sure he didn't have much training so this must be pure talent. So he may not be the best or top notch but remember, he may not have the training so if that is true, that to me is top notch. And this shows give such people a chance. It is a two way street; you get a chance to make a better life for yourself and the producers have a chance to make a hit show out of it. You can't expect take take take or give give give situation. I love this show, the format because the audience seems really appreciative and the judges though harsh seems genuinely impressed and the talents, when there is a real one seems genuinely talented. Why can't we have this format for American Idol? Ok so maybe the zooming onto the audience shocked or awwwww expressions may be a bit dramatic but I like it! And I like the hosts, Ant and Dec.

Have a look at what this boy is capable of and tell me, if his voice breaks, can't he just grow up to be any tenor or maybe Josh Groban?

Then there's American Idol's Jason Castro. Who would have thought not only did he not die during Mariah Carey week, he excelled? I love what he did with her song and he sang it with such sincere sexiness and seduction, I feel seduced. Davod Archuleta made me think of young choir boy, as in innocence personified, David Cook the image of rocker with a very rich voice (but tonight he's a bit down I suppose) and then there's Jaosn Castro. Either you love him or hate him. I always look forward to what he has to offer and from what I gather, this guy like I said before, knows his style and will never ever give up! Ahhhh give Awwwwwchutela a rock song week so that I can hear him sing fast song. Other than Shop Around and that disastrous Beatles week no. 1, he seems to like to play it too safe. Find him a bit boring now although vocally he is great!

I also love what he did with Somewhere Over The Rainbow. He did a cover of a cover but he gave it such an easy going style and yet so effectively sincere. He should have been hanged for this version but he made it work! Reminded me of Taylor Hicks who sang with such feelings.

And then there's Pearl's favourite Angels covered by David Archutela. I love what he did with it. Look, Robbie Williams is a so-so singer so definitely someone like David can sing much better but Robbie always sang with such sincerity that you will believe him. And guess what? So does David!

Will there be a Robbie Williams night? I love to hear David sing...

Better Man

Rock DJ (even David Cook can try this, I am sure it will be more rock but can he be tongue in cheek? The video as I remembered it was very funny, in fact morbidly funny since you get to see him strip off everything and I mean everything!)

I want to hear Jason try Millenium. By the way Robbie was spoofing James Bond and quite frankly this could have been one of 007's themesong 20 years ago!

I do think Robbie Williams best album was the one with Angels and also the one with all of the above song. Not sure but if I am not mistaken I think they call came from perhaps 2 or 3 albums?

And if there is a Josh Groban night, let David sing ALL of the songs!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Dalai Lama, a terrorist, a liar and a CIA funded militant

What a headline and I really wanted to put ?!?!?!?! after the title above but then I realise you will probably feel like I feel; how ridiculous the idea of that would be, so I really don't need any punctuation marks or whatever after the title. Really, a terrorist? The way the media went, it was like he was Osama Bin Laden. They really want me to believe he is such a man?

I read a news a few days ago that had me in laughing out loud; that the Chinese government found plots by the Tibetans, probably ordered by the Dalai Lama to plant bombs or whatever during the Olympics. Maybe there is such an intelligence but really, the peace loving monks? It was as if calling the Burmese monks terrorists. I cannot believe that. There will be clashes, there will be tear gas and all but bombs? Terrorist attacks on the olympics? Dalai Lama, your new Al-Qaeda? And then I read the Dalai Lama, the smiling happy zen like figure of a religion that does not even agree with violence was called what was that? A tiger in sheep's skin? A liar? A CIA funded militant??? Look, that man was pushed out of his country because he disagreed. I am sure everyone agrees that everyone disagrees with everyone in some issues. After that he said he will resign if the violence persists? And what then will he do? It's not like he can just resign. He was born into this position and he will be in this position till the day he dies and some other monks find his reincarnated self! It's not like he can change career, moreover his position has already been filled back in Tibet, whether you agree or not.

I can't believe it. I refuse to believe it. I also do not like those protestors grabbing at wheelchair bound torch bearers, hoping to disrupt the Olympics in the name of political protest. If such is the case why award the games to China in the first place? The Tibetan issue did not exist back then?

Look it is a political mud when it comes to Taiwan, China, Tibet and a whole lot of Chinese stand. They have a right to protest that the Western media has been biased in their reporting and the Western media has a right to report on serious issues, which I tend to believe more than what is being protested about but all this nonsense of about grabbing torches, mega police escort for the torch bearers, the monks are violent, the Dalai Lama the head honcho of some terrorist organisation, all these must really stop. Somehow in all this mud, the Olympics is kinda missing here. If the Olympics can go on in Germany back in the times of the Nazi rule with Adolf Hitler at the helm when Jews were massacred and many other such black dots in what is a glorious come together for a sporting event, then surely China is more than competent to host it, whatever the political views must be.

So every side must be fair in whatever they do. Whilst I feel for the Tibetans with all these nonsensical reports and all these white washing, slandering and down right re-imagining of real events, let the Olympic spirit triumph. And the real spirit is not the hosting of a successful event or the biggest show or the most medals win but fairplay and sportmanship. And these 2 words, FAIRPLAY and SPORTSMANSHIP goes not just to the western media, but to the protesting monks, the Chinese media, the protestors, Dalai Lama, the Chinese government, the hollywood big wigs and the world at large. FAIRPLAY and SPORTSMANSHIP.

>> Read one of those news here

Monday, April 14, 2008

Guess who this is

I am sure you know who he is by the colour of his hair. Ever since his breakout (as in majorly breakout) role on TV, I really liked it. I was very shocked to find a fact he concealed very well in that series, which he concealed again in his latest offering. A great actor who somehow doesn't have that box office hit that he needed like what Daniel Craig got, he is to me a very charismatic actor with probably the most seductive voice when he is speaking his native accent. Not traditionally handsome but he is to me very attractive, however without make up, he looks well, he looks like he need the sun. A clue for you. He is NOT Hugh Laurie although he looks like him, a lot.

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Friday, April 11, 2008


I read this article with apprehension and a certain amount of fear. If being blonde qualifies for those awful insults of his manhood, more so being gay. But frankly I have nothing against gay, or rather in James Bond's case being homosexual. What I have against is Bond being bisexual. To me being bisexual is something akin to can't making up your mind and that often leads to trouble. Since Bond can't even make up his mind as to his women, throw in a dozen good looking ones and he shall be doomed. Since Bond is so macho, I can't quite imagine Bond lusting over another superspy perhaps. Someone effiminate? Wouldn't that mean he is still as confused?

I just hope that news is just a joke to throw off the fans. I hope Daniel Craig was just being cute and politically correct. For me either make Bond straight or make him gay. No such nonsense as bisexual. And the day Bond becomes attracted to a man, becomes very confused sexually since he can bed Vesper AND perhaps 006 at the same time is the day the Bond franchise comes to a complete halt. Leave those modern day whatever nonsense aside and just give me a straight Bond; as in straight womaniser or straight maniser, or whatever you call a lothario who is gay. I have no problem with men fawning over Bond, but let's stop at the reciprocating part.

Daniel Craig, with all due respect, I really do not think fans are ready for a bisexual Bond. A big sum of them aren't even ready for you to be Bond, and if they have an issue with your height or hair colour, imagine a bisexual Bond.

Now why not show Bond trying to seduce a beautiful woman who is a lesbian who will rebuff his efforts and fall instead for Agent Fields? In fact why not just show a woman under 30 who doesn't give a damn about Bond and who doesn't wish to bed him or anything to do with him. I don't think this has been done before and I find that more refreshing and groundbreaking than a bisexual Bond. Imagine Bond, rebuffed, told to get lost by a woman who prefers the company of lesser men or maybe better women! What will Bond do? Will he go and find his Quantum Of Solace or will he apply his License To Kill or maybe, just maybe he will go Tomorrow Never Dies?

Who knows eh?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

AI 7 : Elimination from Top 8 to Top 7

I read it online and I was totally and absolutely shocked. Michael Johns? He was far from the worst, in fact he was good that night. This is insanely dumb! Michael Johns? America must hate foreigners. Next must be Carly and that I can't argue.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

How the eyes were tricked

Recently I have been receiving loads of email on illusions to the eyes and frankly I was pretty freaked out because they were all amazing. I do not know which brilliant mind did all these but to me they're all just really truly awesome. It also proves that seeing is not believing because the eyes can be tricked but such wonderful illusions. I am posting a few here which I feel takes the cake when it comes to tricking the eye, do click on it for the full size (some are thumbnails in here when you see a black bar with image size details below it as the oriinal size is very big and you must view the original size to fully appreciate the effect), read the instruction and stand back and be either very amazed or very freaked out. The text in italic is by me.

Do you see gray areas in between the squares?
Now where did they come from?

You should see a man's face and also a word...
Hint: Try tilting your head to the right, the world begins with 'L'

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The original size is super huge. Click on the thumbnail, in the new window click on the image again for the largest possible size and then just focus on the middle of the picture and watch as the wheels turn!

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Click on the thumbnail and in new window make sure if there is an option to click to see the original size please do so. Then read the instruction carefully and follow it. I tried it looking at this thumbnail and the image I saw was interestingly smaller than the original. This is truly by far my most favourite of all these illusions. Whoever mae this must have been a devout Christian because once you follow the instructions and look at the image of the picture on the wall, believe me you did see a face in there. Funnily enough I forwarded this to my sister, and I wrote "I saw either Osama Bin Laden or Jesus Christ and since I am optimistic and believe in everything good, I would say Jesus" and she replied and said "I saw Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai" and I looked at the picture again and I can't really disagree. Does look like Tom Cruise with beard!! But I am sure the point was to see Jesus.

Snapping the Sun

I received an email with the title Amazing Photography, opened it and viewing the pictures attached in it, I must agree with the title. It was probably the most brilliant trick-photography ever, and I must say I kinda reflected on the perspective of it all. How I wish I would have the patience to adjust, position and then snap such pictures. They're fun, cute and best of all work of perspective art. Do have a look at the slide below and do tell me which is your favourite.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Meaningful pictures, but not kind of meaning

I do believe a picture speaks a thousand words, so I suppose these 3 pictures speak a gazillion words. What words?

Someone must really really hate her. These pictures are nothing short of unflattering shots, almost silly but mostly does nothing to improve her status as a model of some sort and my desire to buy the products. Maybe they're April Fools' jokes? Or maybe test shots?

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Brink Of Law

And I am at the brink of nervous breakdown.

The day before the day before yesterday, my so called relationship with one section of the public in Second Life broke down. The day before yesterday, car broke down. Yesterday modem/ethernet/computer broke down. Today? Hopefully not me breaking down. But definitely my income has broken down. Awful!!

Anyway, The Brink Of Law. I am watching this series and frankly I have absolutely no idea what is going on which is great because it is unexpected. For once a series I can't pigeonhold, yet. Steven Ma is now my idea of a handsome handsome man. Good acting also. Ron Ng wasn't bad for once, that is until he becomes emotional. Shirley Yeung is also ok since her role is two modes; happy or sad. So how difficult can that be? Ken Ma is very youthful looking. Bernice... well still Bernice. Very curious I read the review by Bridget Au and still no idea what it is about although I know who died and all. But I do agree when Ha Yu jumped to his death I was shocked. I mean he is like extra special guest star only? Intriguing.

So what is this series really about? Don't know but lesson of this series? Up until now, never operate an illegal betting den. Because not paying tax is far worse than everything else, because the government is gonna get you. Serious. Other than that, for once Ron Ng is decent in his performance but I may have delivered my verdict much much much much too soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Freebie ettiquette in Second Life

I know not many reads my Funn In Second Life blog so I am reposting the following post which I posted in that blog because I feel it is important.

Recently I bought a $1L skin from Style Your Destiny after reading this post at Fabulously Free In SL. I really liked it, in fact I thought it was great except for the 3 or 4 moles on the face which I thought was a bit too much. So rather innocently I commented on this in the Fabulously Free In SL Group chat and of course the response was defensive of the product, they liked the mole and so on and so forth. Fine. Then one person, Laynie Link or Laynie something wrote back and reminded me about the Freebie ettiquette that can be found in Fabulously Free In SL blog. Now I have read that in passing, I agree with it in principle. Designers are of course not obligated to give free or dollarbies out and so being the one downloading the stuff, I must of course be content and happy with what I got. Some who didn’t like it gave really cruel and childish remarks, some went as far as standing in front of the shop and airing their dissatisfaction. My comment was made innocently but what Laynie brought up struck a nerve in me. More so when I say designers may be giving out freebies to check out market response and designers create products to cater for the market, which is simple economics. But Laynie shot back with who says they cater for the market, and that got me big time. I was writing my reply when my Second Life viewer froze and yanked me out. When I logged back in, I calmed down. Why I should even bother to argue with someone as clueless as that girl/guy/whatever is as mysterious to me as to why I even bother to comment in the first place. She did say we should be grateful for what we got, shouldn’t complain, reciting the mantra from that list of ettiquettes. I checked it again and yes, they’re all there.

It is merely a guideline. It is not the rule of law. I was kind in my comment, I just said 2 moles too many, which is a sincere feedback to the designer and not some useless pointless crticism meant only to incite, not to encourage. Which is really stupid for the response I got. So it was said if you don’t like it, don’t wear it. So I shot back which is what I am doing exactly!

If you’re a designer and you’re reading this, do you prefer someone to just take your product at face value and use it with no comments? If you like it, of course you must send an IM to the designer and say thanks and why you like it. If you don’t, shouldn’t you have the same right to comment on it in a constructive way? Aren’t designers catering for the market would wish to hear feedback or are these designers so arrogant that they think they set the market and not value opinion? Where is thick skin when you want it?

I was appalled at the idea that I am a beggar. That I should be grateful, take it, shut up and move on. That is not the point of giving a freebie. For me, taking a freebie give me an opportunity to evaluate a product and often time I would buy other colours, other stuff. For others maybe it is their reward for begging I suppose. I am a staunch believer that even if it is a freebie it must be a good freebie, something that represents the quality of your products. Some freebies are just so badly made, it is like a discarded item that the designer just thought to give them free, again to the eager crowd who doesn’t buy, but expects everything free. I don’t like demos either so I appreciate an all out freebie but never take your potential customers for granted. When they wear your freebie, it is free promotion. Like the beautiful free dress from Ivalde. Amazing texture, beautiful design, and I found myself with many others in the same place wearing the same dress, with someone immediately said that was Ivalde. So we are giving them free advertisement.

Funnily enough it is not the designers who are complaining but the freebie hunters who have never paid a single Linden and expect free. For hunters like these of course beggars can’t be choosers. But for individuals like myself and I am sure the creators of the Fabulously Free In SL blog, it is more like a promotion for up and coming designers or an occasional treat for fans of certain high end products. Comments when made sincerely, politely and with reason must be accepted. I cannot agree that just because it is free I must take it at face value and I am sure that is not the designers’ intention too.

Moreover, I paid $1L for it. It is almost free, and I stress the keyword ALMOST so really in the end I did pay money for it. So it is not really free. And even if it is free, an opinion is still a good opinion unless it is made maliciously.

And commenting on 2 moles too many on a face is not made maliciously.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The wonders of mathematics

The wonders of mathematics and a cool one too! Try the following, using a calculator if you must and tell me, work for you or not? By the way everything after this paragraph is as extracted from the email sent to me.

Don't tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway-but your waiter may know! This is pretty neat


It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read . Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to go out to eat. (more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1758... If you haven't, add 1757.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born. You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number. (I.e., How many times you want to go out to restaurants in a week.) The next two numbers are YOUR AGE ! ------ (Oh YES, it is!)