Archive for October, 2006

Sentimental Journey – Yuki

This post is more for the video than the song, really.

Directed by Nagi Noda, supposedly Japan’s Michel Gondry. I suppose the resemblance is there, in the sense that both seem to take one basic visual idea and take it to its extreme conclusion.

A little awkward in the beginning, but it’s really quite genius in its conception. Apart from crazy-blinky girl in the last seconds of the video. Quite unintentionally funny – why not just do another take?

Courtesy of neverhappened.


43 Down 9 Left (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

George Orr dreams. Much like the rest of us, except he dreams things into being. Despite what you’re thinking, The Lathe of Heaven is not a wish fulfillment fantasy. Nothing as vulgar as that.

What George dreams, becomes reality when he wakes – whether or not he wants it to be. And nobody has any clue that the world has irrevocably changed, whether in as insignificant a way as creating previously non-existent painting or a nightmaring a devastating plague that wiped out most of the human race years earlier. To everyone else, the world is as it should be, as it always has been.

When he runs afoul of the law when using drugs to suppress his dreams, George is sent to a dream researcher, Dr. Haber – who discovers his talent and attempts to use George’s talent to shape reality to the betterment of all mankind, sometimes with horrific results.

The Lathe of Heaven first seemed to me like a interesting enough combination of Kafka and Philip K. Dick, with a hapless protagonist enmeshed in a ludicrous alter-reality. A bit of research yielded Le Guin’s embedded political allegory – how world-changing power concentrated in one man (or an elite) might yield results less than ideal. Set within a dystopian context, The Lathe of Heaven is a fascinating philosophy piece with political undertones.

The Lathe of Heaven
(ISBN No: 0060512741) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

My next book will be Fine Prey by Scott Westerfeld.

it’s about bloody time

Apple’s finally admitted to the MacBook line’s Random Shutdown Syndrome (RSS), and have released an official patch for the problem here. Thanks to MacBook Random Shutdown for the news.

And just when I’ve decided to get the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro instead (but after Leopard’s release, and after year-end bonus). Bloody Steve Jobs, always playing me like a cheap hussy.

I’ve even started looking around for superfluous accessories like these damn cool crossbone stickers. Arg. Scrawny angmoh not included.

power to the people

Please excuse the hackneyed title post, but I just read the most compelling argument for blogging as citizen activism ever.

For those who think that we are cocooned in our safe little online havens, we are not. The government monitors our blogs. They have to. It isn’t just about security threats; they need to know what we think. They need to know what concerns us. And events like the Wee Shu Min incident shows how much power and influence we can actually have on them. Sure, the beauty of the incident, is that not everyone agreed with each other. A number of people sympathised with Derek Wee’s post; a number didn’t as well. A number of people thought like, and still think like Wee Shu Min, and do believe that in a meritocratic system, “survival of the fittest” is a way of life. Yet more believed that this ought not to be the case in any nation-state with a government machinery that was to serve the citizenry. It isn’t really a question of who is more right or who is more wrong – the important thing is that there was a proliferation of debate. Everyone had a view because it hit so close to home. Sure, a number of people got carried away with mud-slinging and condescending abuse (which a number of people also said that they did not agree with); but for the most part, everyone was talking. Everyone felt strongly enough this subject to not want to keep it under the carpet.

And the result? MP Wee Siew Kim was forced to address the concerns in the national newspaper. He did not have to; the majority who did not read the online blogs and visit the forums would not have known any better. But he did.

After giving it further thought, I guess the real consequence of the online debate was an apology from an MP – which admittedly, is a rare and wondrous thing – but there hasn’t been really much of a revolution or actual policy change as a result of the whole affair. So not really activism as I see it.

Nevertheless, a definite sense of change is in the air, and I’m pretty damn excited to see how we’ll go from here.

So please, please go to Coffee and Cigarettes to read the rest.

I’m Alive – Vincent Vincent and the Villains

Recommended by the Auntay – apart from the inevitable OK Go dancing comparisons, the song’s also a little on the ‘meh’ side. Kind of rockabilly, which is fun, but I hear shades of the Libertines, whom I think are loads better. S’probably on account of all the drugs.

marvel babies

Wah lau, damn cute lor. Look at Ol’ Flame Head’s totally manga flames! And Daredevil’s little nubbins! Definitely on cute overload here. I’m the most keen on the Silver Surfer actually – the most simple, but that tiny surfboard is to die for.

Wonder if I can find ’em online?

Courtesy of dannychoo.

very short stories

Wired’s got a crapload of great sci-fi/fantasy/horror writers contributing super-concise 6 word stories. Check out all of them here.

Here’re some of my choice nuggets:

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
Eileen Gunn

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
Joss Whedon

Leia: “Baby’s yours.” Luke: “Bad news…”
Steven Meretzky

I’m dead. I’ve missed you. Kiss … ?
Neil Gaiman

It’s behind you! Hurry before it
Rockne S. O’Bannon

His penis snapped off; he’s pregnant!
Rudy Rucker

Here’s my apocalyptic horror (albeit Singapore-specific) contribution:

Check out our elite, uncaring faces.

– Billy Tan (with apologies to Wee Shu Min)

C’mon, you know you wanna have a go too…


My nano went apeshit on the way home today. Suddenly just kept skipping tracks for no reason and got stuck on permanent skip. Nothing a quick reset couldn’t fix though. I’m just letting it run now to check if it happens again.

In case anyone needs to know (off the Apple site):

Reset for iPods with Click Wheel:

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

If the above steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn’t set to go to sleep.

Here’s Steve from a while back:

You know, you keep on innovating, you keep on making better stuff. And if you always want the latest and greatest, then you have to buy a new iPod at least once a year.

Ya greedy bastard, almost got my money.

In any case, more Apple news (again…)


FairPlay’s just been cracked by DVD Jon. I doubt this’ll cause shipping delays, can’t miss that Xmas rush, but Steve’s gonna be pissed…

my bump, my bump, my bump

Well, the MacBook Pros just got bumped. Like a minute ago. Up to 2.33Ghz and 3GB RAM, hmm. I expect exhausting spec-to-spec comparisons on the tech news blogs within the hour.

Now to wait til spring next year for Leopard, argh.

love is manual

Freaking funny ad for Mazda.

via adverblog.