Saturday, July 03, 2004

FREE INTERNET! Apparently, if I back my a wireless laptop up to my back wall, I get an internet connection even though my wireless AP is off... One of my neighbor's must be running an unsecured AP.. I wonder who...
I just finished watching the KL auditions for Malaysian Idol. While there were the usual horrible singers as well as those who truly deserve to have their talents pressed into albums, I think that an interesting aspect of the auditions is how it shows a raw cross section of Malaysian society.

While those who got in truly deserved it, watching the way the many that got rejected handle rejection. An interesting thing is as those who watch the show would know, the judges speak their mind, especially the 2 male ones who put things quite bluntly with statements like “You can’t sing” and “That was just terrible”

While most people would just walk off and be happy with their 0.15 minutes of fame, there are those who think that people stating the obvious is a sin. There was this fellow who was ranting to the camera about how the judges are supposed to give advice and all, but they cannot say that a persons singing is bad. That highlights something that is very wrong with our society.

It seems that part of our society has a problem with being told they are wrong. Like as if it is expected that no matter how badly they screw up, people are supposed to pretend it’s all good. It’s everywhere. In kindergarten, every kid who shows up for sports day is given a medal to take home for showing up. Then later on, public exams are set with no benchmark and at the end of the day, the passing grade is lowered so that the statistics will reflect that more people passed and the school system in improving, regardless or weather or not this is true. Then, joining the civil service, no matter how much of a slacker and incompetent klutz you are, you can screw up as much as you want and sleep well with the fact that you can’t be fired for anything short of committing a felony.

Imagine the tragedy it would be if the individuals who thrive in this environment where one can do no wrong were to somehow get into the seat of government and get made say Deputy Prime Minister… Oh wait…

Thursday, July 01, 2004

There is too much stupidity in this world. Just yesterday I read about Bill Gates' newly dispensed advice as an advisor on the MSC that Windows is the way to go and Linux and the whole open source movement is for the lazy and jobless. This comes hot on the heels of news that the Open Sourced and Free Linux computer operating system was out selling Windows 7:3 in a government sponsored project.

That man ought to be sacked for that statement.

Then, today the trade ministry announced that it will not be capping the price of music CD's as it announced last year, and instead 2 yearly sales will be held to make CD cheaper.

Is that the sound of music I hear? No, it's merely the sound of the Minister of Trade's pea sized brain rattling in his skull. Anybody who knows business will tell you that 'sales' are a scheme that prey on unsuspecting public. The price at a sale is the actual price a company is willing to sell a product for and whatever the non sale price is, is simply bonus. So in this country where the prices of CDs are already over inflated by about 300%, what is a 20% 'discount' on CDs? And the discounted CD will never be the ones you want anyway.

Mahathir was right, if we don't be careful, we are simply going to be the victims of corporate colonization. It shows, the stupidity of corporations with vested interested are seeping into the country and the government is simply taking it lying down.

Microsoft has been convicted of being a greedy monopoly and the music industry has shown over the years that it too is as greedy. But for some reason we seem to be taking advice from them. What gives?


Wednesday, June 30, 2004

How to make a Viceice

5 parts intelligence

5 parts silliness

1 part
Add to a cocktail shaker and mix vigorously. Add a little lustfulness if desired!

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Yea, there is a blog being constructed somewhere else. But this will do for now.

What is going on? It’s 3 a.m in what is supposed to the beating heart of the information superhighway, the most connected city in this country. Yet the streets are empty, everybody is scattered and I feel so alone... lost…

What am I supposed to do? What next? You know, as a kid, you think adults have it easy. They seem to have all the answers; they always know what to do. Yet you grow up and you realise, the answers aren’t coming.

I’m torn. What do I say? What am I doing with myself? I’m afraid. You walk a path and there is a fork in the road. Both have their ups and downs, the pain, the joy, the risks and its benefits. You can’t decide. Is the price too great? Is this what I want? Is this what I should do? I don’t want to decide. But Time oh so cruel… damn you don’t make me go.

I need to talk to someone. Hello? Is anyone there?