For want of a better title: September 2005

For want of a better title

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

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Jay and Silent Bob












Kevin Smith

Your film will be 52% romantic, 42% comedy, 31% complex plot, and a $ 34 million budget.

Kevin will take your slacker life and turn it into the cult classic it
deserves to be --- like Mallrats (just kidding). If you can handle the
menacing presence of Jay and Silent Bob all throughout your film, then
Kevin is willing to oblige. Basically, he can take the lives of people
who don't have much of a life and make it entertaining, so you're in
good hands. Go watch your copy of Clerks, now.
















My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 52% on action-romance
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You scored higher than 80% on humor
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You scored higher than 23% on complexity
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You scored higher than 57% on budget




Link: The Director Who Films Your Life Test written by bingomosquito on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I am...

I am the terror that flaps (farts) in the night

I am the fly in your oinment

I am the strawberry jam in your roti, kaya and gu you

I am the nut in your nutless chocolates

I am pain in your ass when you shit (a.k.a. piles) (ed: he actually take is seriously, his dad has piles)

I am the drool on your desk when you fall asleep in class (ed: happened to him before)

I am the guy that taller than you

I am the pimple that appears just before a big date

I am the corn in corny

I am the horn in horny (ed: ok stop! before it degenerates)

I am the sugar that causes your kids to become hyperactive at 11pm

I am the grain of sand that gets in your eye when you wear contact lenses

I am the hole in the condom of that girl you were going to dump but now couldn't

I am the bird that waits for you to wash your car before i shit on it

I am the fly in your soup

I am the 0.01% of alcohol that puts you over the legal limit and gets you arrested for drunk driving

I am the bad breath just before a big interview

I am the blackout in the middle of your porno download

I am the virus that kills your harddisk just when you're about to finish your 100page report with no backup

I am Darkwing Duck!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Cool stuff

This is like the flickr of bookmarks. Bookmark your favourite pages, share with friends, tag them. It's great. Try try... I just started using it, but it's great.

Monday, September 19, 2005

57th Emmy Awards

Emmy

I thought I'd just do all of you the favour and list the winners of the Emmy's down:

Drama Series: Lost, ABC
Comedy Series: Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Miniseries: The Lost Prince, PBS
Variety,Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with John Stewart, Comedy Central
Made-for-TV Movie: Warm Springs, HBO
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS

Actor, Drama Series: James Spader, Boston Legal, CBS
Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO
Actress, Drama Series: Patricia Arquette, Medium, NBC
Actress, Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives, ABC
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues, HBO

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: William Shatner, Boston Legal, CBS
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Paul Newman, Empire Falls, HBO
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Blythe Danner, Huff, Showtime
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jane Alexander, Warm Springs, HBO

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Hugh Jackman, The 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004), CBS

Directing, Drama Series: Lost:Pilot (Part 1 & 2), ABC
Directing, Comedy Series: Desperate Housewives: Pilot, ABC
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Program: The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad - Opening Ceremony, NBC

Writing, Drama Series: House: Three Stories, Fox
Writing, Comedy Series: Arrested Development: The Righteous Brothers, Fox
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Program: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central


Yay! Jon Stewart! Yeah for Comedy Central! Keep up the good work. Also based on this ABC has good directing and Fox has good writing. CBS has good casting and NBC is the biggest loser this time round.


Friday, September 16, 2005

The Life and Times of a Single Celled Organism

So I've just been wondering something... Do you ever wonder what characters do in between you showing up in RPG games? I suspect their lives are alot like ours...

Mama Ogre: Toikor don't play with your food. Just eat it.
Little Ogre: But Ma...
Mama Ogre: No buts...
Just then the neighbour Mrs. Goblin pops in
Mrs Goblin: Hello Mama Ogre. Can I borrow a cup of bat's wings?
Mama Ogre: Sure thing. Making Bat surprise again Mrs G?
Mrs Goblin: You know how Mr G enjoys it.
Elsewhere in the dungeon
Mr Goblin: I sure as hell wish the damn hero would get here.
Papa Ogre: Yeah. Did I tell you I'm considering moving into Level 65?
Mr Goblin: Nope. With the kid I can see why. I mean the lower levels have a much better education system, and I mean he'll have a higher chances of survival
Papa Ogre: You should consider moving down there too. I mean Level 10 is great and all, but it's no place to raise babies you know. This place is for the young kids, those monsters trying to get a start in life.
Mr Goblin: I hear you. Maybe I should consider moving somewhere around 45, you know how it is. I just don't have that much gold stashed away. What with all these adventurers coming in and taking money. Usually you bring a few gold pieces in your purse and that's it, but now they try to raid our lairs too.
Papa Ogre: Yeah. It's just not so safe nowadays. Shhhh... I think I smell human.
Mr Goblin: Oh it's just the Dungeon Master collecting rent.


You ever wonder what the hell they do before you show up? I mean we go in there in search of fame and fortune, but we really are just theives and brigands robbing them of their homes. I say stop this madness now! Say no to crimes against monsters!

(If you think I'm serious about this, you need to get some serious help with your sense of reality)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

End of the World as we know it

ICANN can?

Did you know that the fate of our entire world will be decided in a couple of days? On the 19 September 2005 to the 30 September 2005, in Geneva, the fate of the entire world as we know it will be decided.

Think I'm talking shit and smoking way too much weed? [hi mom. i don't do drugs, unless they're legal and my doctor thinks I should do it] It's true. In less than a week, the governments of the world will come and try to figure out the fate of the internet. The whole issue boils down to where the DNS root servers are located and who makes the decisions about domain names.

In the early days of the internet when buffalo and antelopes used to roam the digital frontier and mr brown was nothing more than a simple website, the US Department of Commerce used to run the internet. Yup... They did. Then in 1999 they handed over control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) a consortium of interests, mostly businesses, to run the whole DNS and naming system. Of course straight off they hit snags with the Europeans refusing to pay receipts from ICANN, but ICANN has enought clout and power being that 50% of all root DNS servers sit in the US, and 1/3 of the ICANN board was American. The UN decided to butt in in 2005 and got the whole World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) thing rolling.

So now governments like India, Brazil and China want control of the DNS. Which of course means moving the DNS to these countries?! Hello?!? I don't want the Chinese goverment deciding if I can name my site deathtorabbits.com. I mean seriously these governments expect companies to pay for moving the DNS to their countries? I trust Europe and the US to manage and maintain these servers, but China, India and Brazil (no offence, but seriously). China resricts the flow of information to their own citizens. Imagine if they had one of those. Next thing you know they won't let me look at sexwithchickens.org. Then of course you have these NGOs arguing that civil society (i.e. NGOs themselves) should have a bigger say, and governments should not have all the say.

A three way fight, with the US wanting to keep the status quo, the developing nations wanting one of their own (he has one, i also want one syndrome) and NGOs wanting a bigger say in how the internet is run (because no one cares about NGOs) (i kid we love NGOs).

Not a small thing if the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) of the WSIS decides that the DNS must be more evenly distributed around the world and that individual governments can have a greater say in internet domain naming. Already China restricts information, along with several other countries ( I will not name them, too many), and they don't have a DNS to bully people, now with a DNS, they could just shut down sites without warning. I know I'm exaggerating, but i mean we actually have to be careful on which server we're put on. I don't trust governments too much when it comes to the internet, but there are some governments I trust over others, and China, India and Brazil are not on that list.

I'll be keeping watch and hoping that the US point of view generally prevails, and we keep the status quo in terms of infrastructure. If they change ICANN or create someother body above it, fine, but keep the infrastructure in the right place.

Check out the technorati tags for more in-depth analysis of what in the world is going on.



Sunday, September 11, 2005

911

So it's September 11, 2005, 4 years ago some bad people decided to drive two planes into the World Trade Center towers 1 and 2. Everyone remembers those moments. I was up for breakfast getting ready to go to class. No one knew what was going on, everyone thought it was an accident. Horrible, but an accident. Then the second one hit and that was it. The world fundamentally changed. The world's only superpower found purpose again. It had a world to make safe after the failures of Somlia and Rawanda and the near mistake of the former Yugoslavia.

4 years have passed and not a day goes by where people critcise the US government for being overbearing and domineering. (Kind of like my criticism of my mum) [hi mom. I understand]
But being here in the US for four years now, and not being a US citizen, I've gained a greater appreciation for what the US is doing.

It's too easy for the first world Europeans, tucked safely away in their comfy homes with stereos and TVs to point fingers at the Americans and say they're stupid and evil. But who patrols the oceans to make it safe for international trade? So that you can sip your coffee in Vienna or wear your made-in-China designer colthings? Who upholds the international systems of commerce and capitalism? Who sacrifices the most men and women to keep Danone and BMW worldwide brands?

Invading Afghanistan and Iraq are seen as mistakes and aggressive acts, and of course frowned upon by international law. Yet, if the US had let those two nations fester, what would it do for regional security? Or even international security. I don't know if the world is safer now, but I do now that regional stability in Central Asia has increased. Iraq is still unstable so it leaves much to be told about regional stability in the Middle East.

It's too easy to just pound away at the US, calling them arrogant and bullies, but let's see the rest of the world put money where its mouth is. The Bretton-Woods system of the IMF and World Bank doled out alot of money to help various nations stay afloat. The US military is often used by the UN to enforce the rules of international behaviour. Take Somalia for example, when the US pulled out, UN forces collapsed. When the US was hesitant about Bosnia, the mission didn't go well. Take even WWI and WWII, without the US military, we'd be a very different world. Maybe WWII would not have started, or we'd all be Japanese or German subjects, who knows the course of history.

Today the US garrisons Germany and Japan to prevent an arms buildup in Europe and East Asia. Even in the cosy EU, a US pull out, would cause Germany to rearm itself and alot of nervousness around the table. Japan rearming itself could lead to an East Asian war.

I would also like to remember the good people at the Pentagon and those who downed a plane in Pennsylvania. Even more so than the people in the twin towers, these men and women were defending what they believed in. The soldiers in the Pentagon were defending the world, keeping it free so you and I could get our Sony playstation and our Renault cars. Those folks on the plane decided that they would stop the hijackers before they could crash the plane into anything. They lost their lives preventing more lives from being lost.

Is that the American spirit or the Human spirit? I don't know. The world has not known a superpower with this kind of global reach in forever. Not even the British Empire or the Roman Empire had such altruistic intentions.

The grouses against the US are but a handful. I bet you cannot name more than 10 incidents in the last 20 years where the US did not follow international norms and morales. Which means that most of the time the US plays by the rules and actually enforces the rules. No other nation puts in so much effort to making the system work. Not even the EU. For all its hyped up power, it remain militarily ineffective, poltically weak, and only has the economy going for it. And guess who props up the global system of trade and capitalism? Not the French or Spanish, they hardly have soldiers around the world.

So before you decide to bitch about the US, or not care at all about the people who suffer from Katrina, take a moment and wonder if the US wasn't here and it was a free-for-all if you'd even have an internet to bitch on.

My thoughts goes out to the folks who died on 9/11 and to the Katrina disaster victims.

Friday, September 02, 2005

No signal

Yay I found one post on Katrina from a Singaporean blogger. And of course Wit and Spit, but we don't count we're in the US.

It's still very sad to see that no one cares about what's going on here. I mean this flood has caused a relocation greater than the Dust Bowl of the 1930s or the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. It's funny how everyone loves to blame bush for this. I mean seriously there's a whole list to blame. How about the city council of New Orleans who knew this would happen but decided to leave it to the feds? How about the State of Louisiana legislature that was also aware that NO was sinking by the year? How about the citizens of NO for not being more interested in their own safety by lobbying for more levees? How about the French for building a city that would sink and was below sea level? How about countless generations of NO folks who wasted the natural protection of the swamps to make way for "progress" and civilisation (same could be said about the tsunami)? How about the early Americans for continuing to build NO out and making it a hub of the South?

My point is that there is no use in pointing fingers. All those politicians who are blaming Bush are just f**king retarded. I love it how they link the US not being on Kyoto Protocol as the reason for Katrina. So I guess all developing nations are to blame as well since they Kyoto protocol does not fully cover them. Oh and the Australians since they sat out of Kyoto as well.

Instead of pointing fingers how about heading down there to help? Or raising money. I love how all these green activists start making noise but forget to get down to saving lives. As these so called "environmentalists" who claim to "love" all things from nature (humans are natural creatures too how about some love), it's the humanists who are mobilising. The Red Cross, the Jewish organisations, the Chrisitian charities and other aid agencies. I can so see it in downtown DC. Some smug green lobbyist telling every congressman he can find about how Bush screwed NO over, while some Red Cross volunteer is trying to raise money for relief. I wonder who really is the one who cares about nature.

So stop blaming everyone but yourself. Let's try to figure out how to help. I've tried emailing several relief agnecies to see if they need temps. You know to handle a larger volume of calls and paperwork. I can't go down to NO because that will just add to the burden down there. And I'm not a trained volunteer. So I doubt I'd be sent, but I can take over duties in the office for another trained volunteer to go.

I think this disaster shows humanity at its worst and best. So much looting, but also alot of loving. I see so many people taking in strangers from NO. Whole communities welcoming them into their cities. They're bringing people up to DC as well. I hope that the folks still stuck in NO will be able to get out asap.

So please my Singaporean bloggers. Blog and let people know. Raise money, tell others. This is disaster that is also a test of humanity.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina

Taken from the Washington Post (please don't sue me guys):


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There are several relief agencies that could use money:

American Red Cross

America's Second Harvest

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities USA

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

ELCA's (Lutheran) Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Salvation Army USA

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Guide Star also has a list if you prefer non-Christian organisations

FEMA also has a better list


I'd just like to point out one more thing, how come when the US did not donate alot of money to the tsunami relief people kicked up a huge stink, but now that the US faced a disaster on a scale that isn't as bad but very devastating (New Orleans is flooded and in near riot) and equally sad, not a single nation has offered a single cent or volunteer? And Singaporean bloggers have not paid much attention to it. Everyone was ready to roast the US over its stinginess but now when it needs help, not a peep (crickets chirping). I personally have donated to Catholic Charities USA, because of my affliation and also the fact the New Orleans is a very Catholic city (New Orleans Saints as the NFL team for crying out loud).

So please if you have no money, at least tell it to those who do. This is a disaster on the scale the US had not seen in a while. The fact that other states' national gaurds have to go out to the affected states (Iraq war manpower shortages) and that shots had to be fired to calm the New Orleans crowd down (unsubstatiated CNN report, they're uncertain who fired the shots but they think it came from a helicopter) and the fact that 15000 people are living in the Superdome without water, power or sanitation (2 bottles of water a day per adult).

New updates from the 10pm news, people are dying on the streets from lack of any amenities. There's no way out, more people than evacuation vehicles... It's horrible...

I don't know if money will help at all... Interestingly enough the debate is not about outside aid, but about how come the relief effort cannot be excuted more military like (basically asking how come the civilian relief managers cannot be as efficient as their military and aid agnecies counterparts).

So help in anyway you can... This really is quite bad indeed.

Update: 20 countries/ organisations have pledge aid, the UN and Australia amongst them