Archive for April, 2008

“…when you’re not writing, there always seem to be lots of time left. The moment you start to pen down anything, all the time suddenly drains away.”


“It’s over. It’s okay. Just another day in FailureVille. Move along now; nothing to see right here…”

History repeats itself, & at the rate it’s going, I’m sure some other things will get repeated as well 😦 I guess the politically-correct approach to handle this delicate matter is to just tell everybody what they wanna hear…

Anyway, caught Iron Man. Finally. I will catch it again, due to 2 unrelated incidents, which I’ll elaborate further. But first things’ first:

The show is SUPERB. Period. RDJr is fantastic as Tony Stark (as Heath Ledger will be, when he plays the Joker and Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face, both characters in the Dark Knight). As an “origins/beginning” story, no problem at all, even for non-comic fans, as a gadgetry/techno-geek fanfare, what with all the suit-design, missiles, weapons, cars, etc, scored with flying colors. I can assure you: Tony Stark’s workshop is an engineer’s/architect’s wet dream, with the ergo-virtual keyboard, minority report-like screens, virtual 3D-projections you can physically interact with, an artificially-sentient(note: it’s beyond artificially intelligent) robotic housekeeper that can rebuke the owner, full-length patio windows made outta LCD screens, which can alter their opacity, everything’s there. Oh yah, Gwyneth Paltrow and the F-22 Raptors(real ones were loaned for this film) too.

And characters? Well, in a nutshell it manages to fit a weapons manufacturer development into a high-tech-equipped humanitarian within 2 hrs, yup, it’s all green here too.  The director, Jon Favreau, and of course, Stan Lee’s cameos were a hoot. Not to mention Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury. Colonel Nick Fury, sorry Sir! Hint hint Wink* wink*

But but, while watching the 9.40pm slot at Golden Village Jurong Point, there was a 15min disruption that started at the 45min mark of the show, where a bunch of perplexed audience were treated to this:

And after which the film continued with audio but NO video for another 5mins, and when everything finally came together again, the reel was not rewound to the lost portion. After which, distinctive hammering noises were heard originating from behind the cinema screen (who does construction work at 10pm in the night? I can assure you it’s NOT Iron Man). Because of this disruption, I missed the midnight bus and had to cab home. Is this the kind of service that justifies a ticket price hike?

Oh yah, bought a cheap 8GB thumbdrive recently. It’s not terribly fast: I manually timed it to discover a WRITE of 2.92GB took 12m33s, which translate to 3.8MB/sec. But still $40 for 8GB of redundant traffic, what the heck…

For those of you asking for the list, here it is:

1. The Dark Knight

2. Wanted

Angelina Jolie. Dodge Viper SRT-10(the new one). Engraved bullet. Morgan Freeman. Angelina Jolie. Anelina Jolie. ‘Nuff said.

3. Ironman

4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

5. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

6. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay – trailer is UNsuitable for kids

7. Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs

8. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – trailer is UNsuitable for kids

9. The Happening

10. The Ruins

11. The Incredible Hulk

NOT the Ang Lee god-damn-sleep-inducing version. Watch Edward Norton (the Illusionist) become incredible.

12. Anamorph

13. Get Smart

The Rock is inside.

14. Pathology

Peter Petrelli is inside.

15. Boarding Gate – trailer is UNsuitable for kids

Hey, I didn’t know 林熙蕾 is in this movie?!

16. Bangkok Dangerous

Well, Mr. Mont Blanc & his receding hairline. Oh yah, and Charlie Yueng is inside too.

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QuoteS Implosion

Posted: April 24, 2008 by ralliart12 in academia, Quotes, Roadblocks
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What’s up with RR and the “freebies” recently? We love giving out things: here’s 3 quotes for the price of none!

“Vanquished. Anguished. Feeling diminished”

“Before synergy comes individual energy”

“The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one”

We dun wanna be here as much as you do. If you can’t even afford the courtesy to bypass your cellphone while any other is speaking, kindly inform us 3 hours in advance so that EVERYONE’s time may be spent doing something more productive.

“You want ‘Computing’ in 2 words?”

Posted: April 24, 2008 by ralliart12 in Quotes, Technopia
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“…I’ll give you 2 words: compromises and bottlenecks.”

From left to right: Shure SE530, UE TripleFi 10 Pro, & the Westone UM2.

That’s over $1320 sitting on my desk right there…all the who’s who of the universal(in case someone boos “where’s the customs!”) IEM market…unfortunately the Klipsch Custom 3 couldn’t make it to this gathering, but here’s some official pictures from Klipsch Audio Tech for those who wanna see how this latest contender looks like:

P.S. Someone didn’t leave after the party 😉

My friend, Kunal, likes the new Jaguar XF. I like the iPhone/iPod Touch. What gives!

Apple had a huge success lately with its products, especially the iPhone (I think I just got over my iPhone allergy, because there was a time when everyone just looked like it lost its mind with the iPhone), so, in an interesting marketing move, Jaguar decided to take advantage of Apple’s recent boom and lanched, which is a magazine created exclusive for Apple’s touchscreen devices (that includes the iPhone or the iPod Touch).

The website, which can also be viewed by MAC and PC users, offer a ton of images, videos and a lot of marketing info regarding the Jaguar XF. As I said, I like Jaguar’s marketing approach, especially that Apple’s touchscreen devices offer quite an attractive experience, and Jaguar might really succeed with this magazine.

P.S. Can’t wait for K to return from his Ireland hiking trip…he just might have something from Mercedes Benz for me … 😉

The Combat box at the background of the photo is my secret weapons of Operation Hor-Li-Si. Bought plenty of eye drops. And almost bought the wrong Pilot Shaker automatic pencil; they place a 80%-similar pencil (in terms of weight, dimensions, color) next to the authentic Pilot 2020 Shaker version. Lucky I got try to shake shake the pencil before purchase…