Published October 29, 2006
art , screen , tunes
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.
Published October 28, 2006
books , reviews
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.
Published October 28, 2006
consume , tech
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.
Published October 27, 2006
sg , talk
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.
Published October 26, 2006
screen , tunes
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.
Published October 26, 2006
art , books , random
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.
Published October 25, 2006
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…