For want of a better title

For want of a better title

Tall and Tan and oh so Sexy, the boy *not* from Ipanema goes walking by...

Monday, February 06, 2006

New site

Just testing this service out... So I guess I've moved... Come on down y'all. To the my new home (unless it doesn't work out).

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Superbowl XL

Superbowl XL was a good game. Poor Seahawks... Oh well there's always next year. My poor Rams are no longer the team they used to be. There's still the Saint Louis Cardinals for me! I don't think I liked the commercials this year. Nothing that was really special by my book (I actually watch for the commercials). Looks like superbowl Extra large. heh... Next year will be XLI... heh... soon it will be superbowl L and then C... Maybe i will get to see superbowl C... just maybe...

In other news my sink decided to overflow after not doing so for almost 6 months now... Oh well... Get the sup to check it out tomorrow... Poor guy called me in the middle of the game to ask how bad it was, and I was like, I got it to go down and nothing else is coming out... Still I live with the fear that the sink is going to overflow and I'll be ankle deep in dishwashing water tomorrow... That would make life interesting... To say the least...

It also got cold again over here... And it nice and warm the past few days... Oh well I suppose the Groundhog decided there'll be more days of winter...

Saturday, February 04, 2006

It actually happened

It actually is true. Who would've thought... Go now... offer your suggestions.

In other news, go here and boycott DRM CDs.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Talk to the Hand

Thursday, February 02, 2006

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!


--Rudyard Kipling

Crack Monkey

So Curious George the movie is out. I have a stuffed George. We've been best buds since the day i was born. We're as thick as thieves. I love that monkey. My dad has photos of me and George on my birthday every year until I moved to the US. Heh... Then Georgie couldn't get a visa (something about Ebola) and he had to stay in Singapore.

Anyway what's the point of telling you this? None whatsoever. It's my blog... there doesn't need to be a point. I could talk about how the golden pheasant ate the bejeweled devil. You wouldn't know what I'm talking about, but you'd have to accept it. It's my blog and I can cry if I want to.

Cry wolf that is. The morale of that story is that you can only tell a lie once. Not that you can't lie. Just have to make up new ones. I kid...

Which leads me to On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt. Bullshit is better than lying. Lying means you know the truth and try to subvert it. Bullshitting is that you don't even care about the truth. You're just bullshitting. What's more impressive is that you can get published for talking about bullshit basically. And that you can be tenured in philosophy to talk about bullshit. I want a job like that too.

Talking about Bullshit, i love this show on the discovery channel. Mike Rowe is fantastic. I mean he's willing to do all these jobs. I love the show. It's great.

Ok... that's the end of the randomness (ed: is there ever really an end?) Yeah Buddy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Gordian Knot

So the past few weeks have been kind of interesting. I've gotten mail from all these places in Missouri that remind to renew this or that. The DMV sent me a reminder to renew my plates, and AAA Midwest reminded me to update my membership. Of course I have DC tags and an AAA Mid-Atlantic membership. Oh and I had to pay Missouri taxes for a 2005. Silly, ain't it?

I'm still getting mail form like my old address. Which probably belongs to some kid now. Heh... I wonder which kid it is. Most likely a Greek who stays in the Houses. I hope not one fo thsoe SGH or Millbrook kids (for those who do not understand what I said, it's ok, most people don't)(ed: not even you sometimes)

I miss stuff about Saint Louis. Like the places I used to go. Oh and I also miss the friends i've made, but we've all left St Louis (well most of us anyway).

DC is nice, but it's jsut not the same. Saint Louis is like my second home. It took me in and made me feel right at home. For all its flaws it is my home away from home. DC kinda just tolerates me. It probably can't wait to be rid of me. But old Saint Louis is like an old friend who waits expectantly for me. Just ready to welcome me and sit down for a couple of drinks.

And in another year and a half I'll be gone from the US. I don;t know for how long or if i'll ever be back again for a long stay. Hmmm... So strange... Having to do all the end of stay stuff. Closing accounts... Cancelling subscriptions... It will probably feel so strange...

Dog and Pony Show

Ok. So it's still Chinese New Year (goddamn 15 days!) and for me CNY is a time for family [hi mom!]. Kind of like Christmas. You spend time with family (however that is defined)(Ed: you mean like you sitting downstairs and watching tv, and engaging in a whole 15 minutes of conversation with your mum and dad).

So I'm thinking about my past CNY and how there are certain things that are familiar.

(1) Reunion Dinner at home. Mom will cook curry. Last time (4 years ago) she made curry with lowfat milk (nastiest tasting thing ever). I recommend Lite Coconut Milk (available at your nearest Safeway or Whole Foods). It'll just be the family and the friends (family doctor's wife and sis). Then off to bed (or watching Porno for me =P)

(2) Go to maternal grandparents' home in Toa Payoh. Everyone will be there. EVERYONE (except me the past 4 years... and my cousin who's studying law in England). Several things will happen:

(a) My grandfather will insist on giving me an Ang Pow, no matter how I try to hide or run (it's hard in a small 3 room apartment)

(b) Then he will ask "Le chua bo ah?" (You married ah?) Erm... If i got married I'm sure you're invited ah kong. Of course I don't say that. He's hard of hearing. No point.

(c) My aunts will ask if I lost/gained weight.

(d) Then they will proceed to tease my mom (second eldest daughter, no 4 overall) about my non-existent ang mo girlfriend.

(e) I will watch TV and eat curry.

(f) My eldest uncle will tell my mum how proud he is of me. (wierd huh?)

(g) Then my aunt will say how pretty my sis is (make up is an illusion in my opinion)

(h) then my cousins, sis and me may plot to go out.

(i) dad and uncles will tell old jokes that i've heard since 10. But it's always new to someone and to those who didn't quite understand it at 10.

(j) 2nd Uncle will tease two cousins. The 2 he always teases.

(k) then he'll talk about cars with the other men. (i tend to keep quiet and watch tv)

(3) Go to second aunt's home (my dad's second sis). Here too several things will happen:

(a) will get drawn into watching a movie

(b) will have awkward moments when people my age or older call me uncle.

(c) will talk about where I am now and what I am doing.

(d) my mum will wander off to talk to aunts. My dad will wander off to gambling.

(e) eventually i'll get sucked into blackjack or mahjong (everytime I try to get out, THEY KEEP SUCKING ME IN!)

(f) My mum will get bored and want to leave, but my dad will want to stay. In the old days my dad will send my mum home. Nowadays with the advent of two kids who can drive, we'll send mom home. Dad will either call us when he's done, or we'll go back or he'll get someone to send him home (we all live in the East. that's where the good stuff is at)

(4) Eventually i will wander to a Church friend's home. There we will talk. And eventually I will get too drunk on wine and bailey's. That has not happened in 4 years now.

(5) I will meet my old Cat High friends and their SMU friends. Usually coffee. And talking about either Cat High days or Army days. I know no originality, but what else can you talk about? Oh... Well who's sleeping with whom in the group-cest column. It always makes gatherings wierd, but we're a little unconventional that way I suppose. (that's what happens when the entire group gets spread to the four corners of the earth)

Yeah... Just thinking 4 years back. My last CNY in Singapore. Since then while an undergrad CNY has always been with my brothers in the fraternity. They're the closest thing to family i've got here. This is the first CNY entirely alone. I haven't even gone to Chinatown here yet. I suppose I should. =P

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Addicted to Mithril

So I started playing World of Warcraft. I know I know... I caved in. It's actually not that bad. The addiction that is. I can actually tear myself away to watch tv (ed: Arguably bigger addicitons).

It's fun to play with friends who by the magic of undersea cables and cheap connections (thank you dotcom bust) are able to maintain our relationships. It's funny right. I bought the game to stay in contact with old friends. Yup. One servers (Horde) for my fraternity bothers and the other (Alliance) for my Singapore friends (we've been friends for a long time).

Seredipity is still stuck in my head. Heh... Funny ain't it. Now Serenity won't go away either. Which in turns makes me think of Firefly. Which in turn bring up Buffy the Vampire Slayer (no links here, go google it yourself).

So thinking about Serendipity brings up a hot girl. Funny ain't it. =P