The end of the exams!

[Exams over !] – shubhangi athalye on Flickr, 23rd Apr ’07.

Woot, the exams’re over! It’s good to know that I won’t be paying anymore school fees to the university in the near future heh heh. As it turned out, I shouldn’t even have bothered to revise -.- The exam didn’t require any memorisation at all, but instead consisted of questions that were more or less direct application of knowledge and stuff. This probably is the subject I have the most confidence in, let’s see how the grades go.

And yeah, I caught Transformers just now, together with V and a couple of friends. It was a really long show (two hours odd), nice buildup to the main action with a lousy ending (“huh what the hell? That does it?”).

My comments?


Megan Fox is hot 😀


Megatron looks like a moron: he transforms into some alien aircraft WTF. (via webnv.net)


Moron.


Optimus Prime looks like some hotrod trailer truck (via webnv.net), and he..


.. has a mouth: noooooooooooooooo. (via jalopnik.com)


Why can’t he be like this? Arrrrrghhhh. (via pumix)


Ratchet was an ambulance, but he becomes a bloody Hummer here. (via transformers rollout)


Bumblebee becomes a Camaro, and hmm seems to be considerably more powerful than he was in the cartoon series.


new Bumblebee (via commongate.com)


I prefer the cute old Bumblebee, sigh. (via tf2005.com)


Quite a few of the robot faces are way ugly, but Jazz looks good.


Ironhide looked like this during the initial CGI render; bloody looked like a Gundam rather than anything out of Transformers. But..


: (

Somehow this movie has trampled my childhood memories of Transformers to unrecognisable bits, Z. *hate*

Interesting related links:

Autoblog Transformers movie gallery

Transformers concept art

– Details on Megatron from Jalopnik.

– Watch the original Transformers series on Stage6! I remember the weeks I spent long ago download .rm episodes of Transformers, and now they have DivX-quality episodes online. Damn -.-

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I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Baby) – American Idol performance

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Addendum:

– 27 power tips to improve work productivity. Interesting but hmmmm putting it into practice is another story altogether.

– Tips to improve your Google search. Definitely not stuff everyone knows about IMO; like who the hell would use 2002..2007? o.O

Creative Transformer mods from SomethingAwful.

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Pre-examination chatter

[What next?] – billybofh on Flickr, 26th June ’07.

It’ll be my final paper in less than eight hours’ time, and woohoo end of degree thereafter! I really, really look forward to *not* paying the school fees. I don’t mind studying, but it’s the school fees that really irk me. And of course, the assignments are irritating in their own way, and the exams as well, and school itself too. Heck, I never really liked school heh heh.

And of course, it’s normal for people to start thinking, “Hell I’ve finished my degree at long last, so where do we go from here?” More than normal in fact, to feel a little disoriented and lost after so many years of studies. The sudden lack of direction hits everyone at some time or other, and I’m kinda feeling that way too now. Not that I’m lost, but rather a twist of unforeseen circumstances that’s going to leave me quite literally without plans until further notice.

Being someone who likes to plan ahead, I can reassure you that this is indeed not something that I really enjoy. In fact, it reminds me of my days in the army when I had no choice but to yessir yessir three bags full. Well, at least I had a direction back then; the direction that the army pointed you towards. Right now, I feel like I’ve got my hands tied and can only live from one day to the next. I can’t make any serious decisions because I don’t know how the future is going to be like. Heck, I can’t even buy clothes because I don’t bloody know if I’m gonna be wearing them. That’s probably a fair gauge on the extent of how much of a pain in the arse things are right now. Other than that, things are good.

Arites, enough ranting : )

It’s late autumn/early winter over here right now, and certainly a great experience to be walking in the streets and actually see trees that are going bare, shedding their leaves. Or the feeling of having the icy chill wind blow right into your guts like you were invisible or something. The blissful sensation of eating piping hot food on an awesomely cold day, when you know it’s below ten degrees Celsius outside and here you are at home, tucking into a bowl of steaming rice and bak kut teh; shiok‘s the word.

I’ve heard about dengue cases on the rise back home, and while I’m thankful that Aussie doesn’t have stuff like these, I still hope that everyone back at home’s safe from all the bloody mosquitoes. Although I’m physically distanced from home now, hearing all the unfortunate incidents that my friends have been experiencing strike a chord as well. I wish I was there to offer consolation, but all I can do is to type on my laptop digital bits and bytes of scant comfort, which then whizz through the wires past thousands of kilometers and appear to the friends watching on their computer screens. It’s the same on a vice versa basis; I wish I had my good friends over here to talk to at times, but well tough shit things don’t always work the way you want them to, isn’t it?

Laters.

One more paper to go!

[Papers] – V‘s Flickr, 22nd June ’07.

http://media.imeem.com/m/rZQ18TK_XN/aus=false/

This song really fits my mood now, kudos to YT for the recommendation : )


Laptop, schoolwork at the canteen.

All right, I’m back to rant for awhile. I hadn’t really decided to blog, but the list of links was growing too big for me not to post them so ;p Well, anyway three of my bloody exam papers have passed, and I guess it’s not too likely that I’ll flunk ’em so things are good. The final paper’s a pretty interesting combi though, about a third of the marks are MCQ and the rest are essay questions, pffft. I love essays. Not. And here we go on with all the random snaps and comments of my life.


My breakfast: V’s sushi, on the train.

And on other stuff that’s been happening? The temperature’s dropped to below 10 degrees C at night, which makes it coldddd. We’re still good though, never had to turn the heater on so far. The bed’s not so bad once it’s warmed up, and a comfy quilt certainly helps a big deal : )


And this bugger is something I bought for V the other day to cheer her up, but it didn’t seem to do much good. In contrast, the Krispy Kreme doughnuts I got had a much more positive effect, bleargh.


Stir-fried beans with minced pork; the beans were a little too raw. I’ll have to boil ’em before frying the next time round.

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(link via)

Hmm, and we caught Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer today. Pretty good overall, and the visual effects were awesome. Decent dialogue, but nothing fantastic in the plot. Probably a 3.5 out of 5, catch it if you’ve nothing else to do. The movie tickets cost AUD$12 for a student, but I got lucky at roulette in the casino today and managed to win AUD$12 heh heh. And that’s the price of a movie ticket saved.

And if you’re interested, there’s this YouTube trailer of the 1994 Fantastic Four movie which looks way funny, laff. Prehistoric effects but well, you can’t fault them given the budget and the technology.

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On a personal note, things haven’t been going too well but I’ll refrain from commenting further. Some things are just not meant to be spread around too much. If you don’t know yet, it’s fine then. I wish I didn’t know either. Sometimes the shit just hits the ceiling fan really hard and splatters all over the room, but you can’t do jackshit about it other than carrying on with life. Gotta work, gotta study, gotta hang out with friends, gotta look alive and all that fcukshit when all you really feel like doing is to be alone, take a long walk, and maybe scream your heart out in a place where no one’ll hear you.

Yeah, something like that.

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This is pretty dated, but it’s a real cool step ahead in technology I reckon. Below’s a clip of Blaise Aguera y Arcas in a Photosynth demo. Seadragon is truly revolutionary in the way it’s able to manipulate images. (link from)

http://static.videoegg.com/ted/flash/loader.swf

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Addendum:

– Here’s an interesting article from The Bachelor Guy on jewellery shopping. Good for the not-single guys. Then again, good for all guys.

– This is another one from The Bachelor Guy: the lowdown on bikini types ;p

– Funny forum topic about a girl asking if anal sex makes one’s butt bigger.

– Weird but true eBay sale: the world’s worst camera lens.

onesentence.org is an interesting site, full of one-liner stories that sum things up really nicely.

– This site may look like obscene pornography, but things are not always what they seem : ) Click on the thumbnails and see the truth!

Kewl anagrams : )

The Great Sze on female mediocrity; pretty true IMO.

– If you haven’t heard of IEEE 802.11i, here’s the wiki for it. Not actually a new wifi standard, but rather the standard for wifi security.

再次细听難過。

[ Looking Westward over the Yarra] – aumbody images on Flickr, 3rd April ’07.

http://media.imeem.com/m/LEX17vTVaL/aus=false/

好久沒聽品冠的歌了﹐ 仍覺得依然動聽。

已經在墨爾本住了半年﹐時間也過得真快。但說起來也奇怪﹐我從未有思念家的感覺。不知不覺中﹐已經把現在所住的樓房當成家。狹小的房間﹐也成了熟悉的景物。

有個朋友說﹐我母親一定很傷心。兒子出外了﹐一點兒也不想家。我倒覺得這應該早在她預料之內了。我畢竟是她養大的﹐腦筋里想什麼她早就應該猜到。說到底﹐今年十一月無論如何都得回國一趟。

到時候﹐我究竟抱着什麼心情回去呢?

再看看事情如何發展吧。

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Who made bunny cry?!

[WHO MADE BUNNY CRY?!!!!] – dubbie on Flickr, 31st May ’07.

This one is really cute; who made bunny cry?! : (

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I’m thinking of modding the layout so that I can include Nuffnang adverts somewhere. Signed up for an account and belatedly realised that hmm, I haven’t any space to place them adverts! What a smartass. But after some thought, it’ll probably be one of the two below:

  • a column to the left of the main page, or
  • a row directly below the title that displays the ad banner.

Suggestions? I’m still voting for the left column, although the row’s a tempting option because it’s easier to code.

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imeem.com‘s really a convenient solution to embed streaming music in your blog : ) I’ve been finding all the B-sides and acoustic versions of McFly tracks all over the site and adding them to my playlist. Add me if you’re on imeem!

http://media.imeem.com/m/EGZK6EeeAb/aus=false/

McFly and Busted – Build Me Up Buttercup : a hyped up version heh heh.

http://media.imeem.com/m/YPmjmbg2kj/aus=false/

(I sent this song to two people who were both feeling lonely, woops. ’tis my favourite song now though.)

McFlyLonely

It’s only been a day
But it’s like I cant go on
I just wanna say
I never meant to do you wrong

And I remember you told me baby
Somethings gotta give
If I cant be the one to hold you baby
I don’t think I could live

Now I’m so sick of being lonely
This is killing me so slowly
Don’t pretend that you don’t know me
‘Cause thats the worst thing you could do!
Now I’m singing such a sad song
These things never seem to last long
Something that I never planned on
Help me baby I’m so sick of being lonely

The stuff is in my house
So many things I cant ignore
Your coat’s still on the coach
Your photos on my freezer door

And I remember you told me baby
Somethings gotta give
If I cant be the one to hold you baby
I don’t think I could live

Now I’m so sick of being lonely
This is killing me so slowly
Don’t pretend that you don’t know me
Thats the worst thing you could do!
Now I’m singing such a sad song
These things never seem to last long
Something that I never planned on
Help me baby I’m so sick of being lonely

I am so lonely

And I remember you told me baby
Somethings gotta give
If I cant be the one to hold you baby
I don’t think I could live

Now I’m so sick of being lonely
This is killing me so slowly
Don’t pretend that you don’t know me
Thats the worst thing you could do!

Now I’m singing such a sad song
These things never seem to last long
Something that I never planned on
Help me baby I’m so sick of being lonely

I am so lonely
I am so lonely…

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S.H.E & 飛輪海 in 謝謝你的溫柔, one of S.H.E’s new songs. 辰亦儒 is absolute aural torture, arrghhhh. I didn’t mind 飛輪海 when they acted in 花樣少年少女 (otherwise known as Hana Kimi), but this is.. *moans and cups tortured ears*

Well, the rest of the song’s pretty fine *except* for 辰亦儒’s solo -.-

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Addendum:

– Early warning by the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ; the Internet is running out of IP addresses, woot. (IPv4 addresses that is.) We’re almost up to the stage where IPv6 migration is imminent, but Windows Vista isn’t working that well with IPv6? Woops.

Top blunders in making Powerpoint slides by Don McMillan; you should really watch this one : )

– Using Photoshop to fake semen stains over your enemy’s photograph, anyone?

– Tips to make certain if she doesn’t fake an orgasm with you ;p

Takuya Kimura on the new Gatsby Rubber ads; I like the catchy jingle, heh heh. Turns out the song was adapted from a hit from The Stylistics.

Adri‘s first dolphin sighting!
*This Adri is a friend, not the Adri of popagandhi fame ;p Do not be mistaken!

Sasuke faces off against Deidara (the plastic explosive Akatsuki dude) in chapter 357 of the Naruto manga.

– I thought Ichigo was dead, and he certainly looked dead. But he comes back to life and prepares to face off against Grimmjow in Bleach chapter 278, after Ulqiorra was banished to another dimension by Grimmjow. Hmm.

Reminiscence

[ripples] – Mr. Mark on Flickr, 20th Feb ’07.

Late nights like these make me think, and wonder about where the old me went. All of the unwanted pieces, cast far away into dusty corners of the mind, where I hope they won’t be noticed ever again. Life is an neverending process that molds the individual, the way a playful child shapes a piece of dough.

Or am I still who I once was? I’m fairly confident that the metamorphosis had been concluded long ago, but you never know for certain, isn’t it so?

WordPress: The disappearing comments?

[drops of spring] – Steve took it on Flickr, 1st June ’07.

If anyone’s left a comment recently and it didn’t appear (more likely SJ jie and Honda, since your comments have often ended up in the spam list for some reason; I suspect the use of too many different email addresses), I’m the culprit. Too many bloody spam comments, I didn’t really have the patience to trace 500+ spam comments and check if any legitimate comments fell through.

Suggestions, anyone? The blacklist has a long, long list of words but spam is still getting through, damn.

I had a job interview today; not much of an interview I’m afraid. I’m qualified for the job, but there’s no real interest to work on something like this on a long-term basis. This job’s slightly more hands-on than the current one, and boring to boot. Add the fact that the pay’s not really flattering, and hmm I’m probably gonna take this while being on the lookout for something more interesting, preferably network-related. Add the income of both jobs together, and I’m possibly earning more than what I did back home. Ironic ;p

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Harry Potter fans: Platform 9 3/4, anyone? Seems like the actual train station’s got this put up ;p

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This job interview is pretty funny, in a mental sorta way.

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Poor kid, that must’ve really hurt.

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Addendum:

Scott Adams discusses the theory of footwear affecting your mindset.

Microsoft introduces something interesting: touch screens! What’s the difference from those touch screens you see everyday, you ask?

– Fake Doraemon fan fiction; still a good ending nonetheless : ) Quite touching.

– MTV Movie Awards finalist: United 300. Spartansss!!!

– This is one kewl gadget IMO. USB devices are officially compatible with cars!