Um, merry Christmas?

[Countdown to 2006…] – heavenuphere on Flickr, 1 Jan ’06.

Well, I was a little late in getting this post off the ground, and the intended Christmas post turned into a post-Christmas post (heh) instead.

Nothing much to write about these days, some private thoughts but that’ll have to be censored in the public domain. I’m running out of moolah due to the general lack of income (it’s been that way ever since I returned), and I foresee the same circumstances until my return to Aussie. Oh well.

On the upside (or downside, depending on how you look at it), I got a Lenovo Thinkpad X61 on the vPost/SingNet offer recently. Great deal, how does forking out $2,100 approx for 24 months’ worth of 3mbps ADSL *and* an X61 (which costs like two thousand odd dollars already) sound? Well it sounded great to me so there we go, more money out the window.

I’m having quite a bit of a shitarsed life over here right now though, thanks to my shortsightedness in not realising that Microsoft Vista Home Basic does not offer free downgrades to Windows XP, fcuk. So I have to buy another XP license (more money), manually reinstall the XP on my new laptop, download all the damn drivers, and find a way to connect an optical drive (because the laptop doesn’t come with one!).

Dang, that’s a whole lot of crap but I’m getting it done. More money out the window, that’s all.

And there’s a nasty spate of flu/cough/sore throat going around these days, take care of yourselves folks. Well wishes coming from me heh, the sore throat’s really getting to me.

Happy New Year (and a germ-free one, hopefully).

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Major ouch

[Pull!] – spikeblacklab on Flickr, 14 Nov ’06.

I pulled a back muscle today while trying (admittedly smartarsed) to do a chestup instead of a chinup. You know a chinup’s called a chinup because you pull your chin above the bar. Well, a chestup = pulling your chest above the bar. Apparently the back didn’t think it was a good idea and protested. Loudly.

So I’m wincing everytime I turn my head, because doing that pulls the sore muscle.

Talk about a bad idea huh? Let’s hope RT doesn’t trigger it too hard.

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For those who’ve been waiting for the third (and concluding) book of the Inheritance (aka Eragon) novel trilogy, here’s news on a fourth book. Wow.

“Christopher Paolini, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eragon and Eldest, the first two books in his Inheritance series, will write an additional, fourth novel about his hero Eragon, it was announced today by Nancy Hinkel, Publishing Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

Originally planned as a trilogy, Inheritance will now include four complete novels written by Paolini and be named the Inheritance cycle.

Knopf also announced that it will publish Book Three, as yet untitled, in a national laydown in the United States and Canada on September 23, 2008. Book Four is not yet scheduled for publication.”

Now I’ve got to wait for two more books instead of one; grrrrrrrreat.

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Quote of the day:

“Why dost thou only appreciate me now, and not before?”

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Current favourite: Click Five‘s Jenny. Simple lyrics, simple message, great music.

She calls me baby, then she won’t call me.
Says she adores me and then ignores me.
Jenny, what’s the problem?
She keeps her distance and sits on fences.
Puts up resistance and builds defenses.

Jenny, what’s the problem?
You leave me hanging on the line.
Every time you change your mind.

First You say you won’t, then you say you will.
You keep me hanging on, and we’re not moving on.
I”m standing still, Jenny. You got me on my knees.
Jenny, it’s killing me.

She needs her own space. She’s playing mind games.
Ends up at my place saying that she’s changed.
Jenny, what’s the problem?
I’m trying to read between the lines.
You got me going out of my mind.

First, you say you won’t, then you say you will.
You keep me hanging on, and we’re not moving on.
I’m standing still, Jenny. You got me on my knees.
Jenny, it’s killing me. It’s killing me. It’s killing me.
Jenny.

First, you say you won’t, then you say you will.
You keep me hanging on, and I’m not moving on.
I’m standing still, Jenny. You got me on my knees.
Jenny.

First, you say you won’t, then you say you will.
You keep me hanging on, and we’re not moving on.
I’m standing still, Jenny. You got me on my knees.
Jenny. It’s killing me. It’s killing me. Jenny.

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Addendum:

– According to Softpedia: apparently staring at boobies a mere ten minutes everyday helps to prolong your lifespan. So stare away, my male brethren! – via Cowboy Caleb.

– Flickr user Pieter Dirkx goes around taking photographs that parallel film locations, way cool. Look at this one that was used in The Illusionist:

– Interesting read from Guardian Unlimited: If MSG is so bad for you, why doesn’t everyone have a headache? Indeed, why so?

The start of a torturous month

[Berlin 1936] – cszar on Flickr, 13 May ’07.

Well, here’s the bad shit rebounding after my blissful stay overseas. I defaulted (aka did not attempt) my IPPT before leaving SG early this year. And so here I am, all booked in for RT (Remedial Training aka goodbye Sunday morning + Tuesday night).

Not too thrilled about it, that’s for sure *rolls eyes*

At least today’s first RT session wasn’t too bad; briefings, and an orientation run whew. Anything more physical would’ve literally brought me to my knees, since I slept like zero hours the night before. Call it insomnia or whatever, I don’t know why I couldn’t fall asleep.

11 more days till V returns!

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ZDNet Asia has a new article out titled Navigating a mid-career change, which talks about non-IT professionals undergoing a career change to SAP consulting.

Although I’m not really that into SAP, there’s still valuable tidbits of advice in the post IMO. One really important thing to remember would be that experience in implementation projects count for alot, and that doing contractual work allows for more freedom to move around into such projects, thus gaining you a better career portfolio and market value on the whole.