Monday, May 08, 2006

Ted's Thoughts

I stopped blogging on the Phylum, both on this one and the new one, because I've decided to reinvent myself. Feel free to visit my new, writing-and-reading-oriented blog, Ted's Thoughts.

Selected posts for your consumption:
  1. Submitted!
  2. The Etiquette of Eating Pizza
  3. On Murakami
  4. Getting Free Books from Kinokuniya

Thursday, September 08, 2005

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.

Farewell Blogger. It's been a great 4 years and I'll always cherish the time we had together. But sometimes people change and they grow to need... other things. In that time, I've changed, and I saw other people with other blogs with more features. Like categories, for instance. And tagging to Technorati.

Sometimes, just what you are is not enough. I've asked you to change for the better but you've refused. And so we must part ways since we no longer see eye-to-eye. Thanks for all the good times, Blogger. Let's always be friends. If you ever need a friend to talk to, I can be reached at my new blog address:

Don't be a stranger.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Merged Posts.

I've merged a couple of blogposts from my other blogs into the Phylum. I'm discontinuing the following three blogs and the subject matter they dealt with will now be discussed on the Phylum instead. This is in preparation for something I have planned that may happen in the very foreseeable future.

From Phylum Apple:
  1. Thinking Different
  2. Owner of an iBook
  3. Size doesn't matter!
  4. iBook Battery Recall
From Sleepless in Sentul:
From Journals of a Vee-dubber:
  1. Formally Introducing George
  2. Why George?
  3. Wiping the Windscreen

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Phylum Magazine.

If I edited a magazine, it would probably look a lot like this.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Today's dinner... Bangers and Mash, consisting of two juicy sausages, creamy mashed potatoes and fresh mixed vege topped with beef and herb gravy. Remember when I cut my hand back in June? Well, that little incident happened while I was making this very same dish.

Aftermath of Katrina.

The horror of Katrina isn't the destruction it left in its wake, but its effects on the human race. Anarchy takes over, turning them into savage beasts.

From the Beeb:
"People were raped in there. People were killed in there. We had multiple riots," one police officer told the AFP news agency.
And when things happen beyond a certain level of control, drastic measures have to be taken:
Announcing the deployment of 300 "battle-tested" National Guardsmen to New Orleans from Iraq, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said the men were carrying deadly weapons and were ready to use them.

"They have M-16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will."
If the army has to be sent in, then things must be really bad (understatement, I know). I hope things settle down quickly over there.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Today's dinner...

... consists of four yummy pieces of potato croquettes, two scrambled eggs and mixed vege.

No Religion.

When I was little I followed my father to a government office (can't remember which) where he had to fill up some forms. I took a glance at one of the forms and I saw checkboxes to tick what religion you are. The usual options were there (Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism) but one that caught my eye was the option to check "No Religion".

I think this baffled me somewhat, because at the time I thought most people usually did have a religion. There was, however, one group of people whom I knew did not have a religion. And this I learned in a conversation with dad just days before. We were talking about the fall of the Iron Curtain (ah, the 90s).

So after seeing the "No Religion" checkbox, I asked my dad, "Who would tick this checkbox?" I pointed towards the option on the form. "They're communists, aren't they? They don't have any religion."

My dad burst out laughing then and there, in front of all the people. So it was then that I learned that people could decide not to have a religion... and not be a commie.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Sabah leaders agree with me.

From the Star:
Sabah leaders want to set the record straight: the National Day that the state and neighbouring Sarawak will be celebrating is for 42 years of independence – not 48.
The article basically repeats what I ranted upon in the previous post. It's no surprise the Sabahans would touch upon this subject, because like I said before, Sabah only gained its independence in 1963.

Tch, and people call me a nitpick.

It's not your birthday, Malaysia.

It's probably proof of our failing educational system, or maybe just indifference in history class. As all Malaysians know, we gained our independence from the grip of British imperialism on 31st August 1957. We know that, because we learned that in history.

What we seem to have forgotten though, that it was only Malaya (now Peninsular Malaysia, also called West Malaysia) that gained independence on that historic day. The Nation of Malaysia would only start to exist six years later, incorporating Sarawak, North Borneo (now called Sabah) and Singapore. This historic moment happened on 16th September 1963.

If Malaysia had a birthday, 16th September would be it, not 31st August. In fact, I wonder sometimes why 16th September isn't celebrated as Malaysia Day, because that too is a most important date for us Malaysians, especially so for Sabah and Sarawak because that is their true independence date.

Sadly, this hugely important day goes largely forgotten... and to add salt to the wound, us Malaysians get our nation's birthday wrong. Even Jeff Ooi's got it wrong, of all people.