Making Light of Things

November 2001 Archives


Two pairs of socks and three tops. The most dreaded moment is the few seconds just before jumping into the hot shower. Yup….winter’s here.

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My Wishlist

I wish for these not because I am holy, but because I am not.

More holiness give me, More strivings within, More patience in suff’ring, More sorrow for sin, More faith in my Saviour, More sense of his care, More joy in His service, More purpose in prayer. More gratitude give me, More trust in the Lord, More pride in His glory, More hope in His word, More tears for His sorrows, More pain at His grief, More meekness in trial, More praise for relief. More purity give me, More strength to o’ercome, More freedom from earthstains, More longing for home. More fit for the kingdom, More used would I be, More blessed and holy—More, Saviour, like thee. Phillip Paul Bliss

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Piggy Power!

Say hi to Mura there, he’s one of many cute characters at, an amazing website utilizing flash technology. It proves that the future of animation lies in the east. Thanks Tony, for the site.

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Window to the Outside World

Where I haul out the amateur flash animation and bombard your screen with endless (and often pointless) text.

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So Far, Yet So Near

There are aquaintances, close friends, best friends, buddies….the list goes on. And then there’s family. There are those who affect your life so profoundly that there is no other way of describing the relationship except calling them family. Whether a blood tie exists or not ceases to matter. They are the ones whom you envision growing old with. There is no nagging thought at the back of your mind that they will one day leave - the inevitable fact that fellow schoolmates or colleagues often face.

Eddie, I thank God that you are one such person to me, and my heart rejoices with you at the good news of your exam results. Even though miles away, I feel the joy just as if I were near, and deep inside I know that I am. Thank you for everything - the card on my birthday, the true-to-life honesty you bring and the music you carry wherever you go. Thank you for being you.

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More Flash

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Revisiting An Old Flame

After reading Joen’s blog entry memories of them slowly come back to me. It seemed not too long ago we played in the sunlight. Each of the three sisters had their own unique personalities, every one as beautiful and unique as a golden maple leaf in the height of autumn.

Charlotte, Emily, Anne….you will always have a place in my heart.

Here’s something I’d like to share with Joen, something Charlotte wrote to me, and to all of you. She entitled it Life.

LIFE, believe, is not a dream, So dark as sages say; Oft a little morning rain Foretells a pleasant day: Sometimes there are clouds of gloom, But these are transient all; If the shower will make the roses bloom, Oh, why lament its fall? Rapidly, merrily, Life’s sunny hours flit by, Gratefully, cheerily, Enjoy them as they fly. What though death at times steps in, And calls our Best away? What though Sorrow seems to win, O’er hope a heavy sway? Yet Hope again elastic springs, Unconquered, though she fell, Still buoyant are her golden wings, Still strong to bear us well. Manfuly, fearlessly, The day of trial bear, For gloriously, victoriously, Can courage quell dispair! Charlotte Brontë

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Link and Think

This website has been registered to participate in the link and think campaign, an observance of World AIDS day. I’d like to compile a smaller list of participants to facilitate reading, so if you’re reading this and want to participate, drop your URL in the “In the Moment” section of this website up in the top right hand side.

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High Score!

Beat my own highest score on Window’s 3D pinball. Anyone has any higher?

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The floodgates are open. I hope you have your flash plugins installed.

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One Small Step

My first dabble into flash technology.

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Kiss Kiss Bears

Hallmark is selling these little teddy bears that magnetically kiss when brought close together. If any of you guys (or girls) want them I’ll be happy to get them for you and bring them with me when I come back to Singapore. Tell me soon cause they sold out really fast when they were introduced during Valentine’s. I can only carry so many bears before they think I’m a terrorist of some sort, so it’ll be a first-come-first-serve if I get too many requests. For more information head to the Hallmark website and search for “kiss kiss bears”.

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Try Your Hand

Think you know? Try this quiz. Just input that ugly url in with your email address at the back of it. EMAIL ADDRESS

Lainey and Biscotti already tried their best. Good effort! (weak applause).

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Head Over Heels (Again)

Arwen is the beautiful and bewitching elf who must choose between immortality and love.

She rides her white horse up to the Ringwraiths who are in a riot. She unsheathes her sword. Her face a mix of steely determination and graceful beauty.

“If you want him, come and claim him”.

My heart skips a beat. Fell again.

Visit the Lord of the Rings Website. If you have flash installed you’ll be thoroughly impressed. I was. Better yet, download the trailer. I’m pretty sure my heart isn’t the only one that trembles at the sight.

Fickle, fickle me.

Picture &copy2001 New Line Productions.

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Disco King

After the longest time, I finally manage to get myself a car stereo. The radio that came with it was hardly any use. While radio is sufficient in Singapore, driving long distance in the US is an ordeal when all you have in the car is the sound of snores from all your passengers. The radio frequencies don’t cover much of the long, empty stretches of road one has to cover to get to the next inhabited place.

It wasn’t all smooth. When I bought an open box model of the Aiwa MP3 car stereo, it wouldn’t play MP3s and I had to go back to Best Buy to change it. As I wasn’t sure whether it was the format of the CD-RW or the player itself I brought my disc down to the store.

Baaad mistake. While I’m all in support of being oneself and celebrating individuality, having the whole store listen as ABBA (yes you read right) songs were played at maximum volume. Just my luck. ABBA was alphabetically number one. You could imagine my embarassment as the salesperson turned up the volume. I stood there with my head down hoping no one would recognise me. I was half expecting psychedelic strobe lights and a disco ball to fall from the ceiling. I might have been able to make a quick getaway had that happened.

Ok, I admit it. I like ABBA. I’m a product of my parents’ musical tastes. At least when they liked it it was considered in. Now it’s just queer. I’ll admit my preferences, but call me a dancing queen and I promise I’ll deck you.

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A Taste of the Bubbly

The marketing project is over. Just as I was about to break into song and dance, I realise that there is still an MIS program outstanding. I spent the whole of Monday enjoying myself anyway. I went through the entire tutorial for Macromedia Flash. This does not bode well.

Half a year ago I would have sworn that I’d do anything to get out of the constraining boundaries of defined logic, choosing instead the endless possibilities of the intangible. Poetry, love, life - give me those! Never will I find such joy or taste the sweet nectar of life in the cold sterile environment all that is binary. I still maintain that I have not changed. I love life’s full spectrum of colour too much to trade it for the temporal glitter of a computer screen, but I know that these mechanical tools are useful to help analyse the things around us and even ourselves in a rather microcosmic way. It is also a new language by which we express ourselves even more fully.

Yet there is no substitute to being with each and everyone of you, looking into your eyes, and feeling your hearts.

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Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor

Watched Harry Potter on opening day (16th November). Though I’m usually in favour of paper media over movie media, I must say that the filmmakers have done a very credible job. There are parts of the story that are modified a little as the movie does not afford as much narration as the book. If you need a compelling reason to catch the movie I have one word for you. QUIDDITCH. The quidditch match was excellent. I would have gave up watching basketball for good if quidditch were a real sport.

Oh, keep an eye out for Hermione Granger in the movie. She looks all set to grow up into nothing short of a babe. Too pretty for the character one might argue. But hey, if she’s going to be in book four the production crew will need the raw material to give us the beauty that catches the eye of Victor Krum. Did I also mention the nice English accent?

If you’re reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, head to the nearest bookstore and get a copy, no wait, make it all four copies of Harry Potter. I can almost guarantee you won’t be putting it down. A reminder: Make sure you retain some cash for the movie.

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Flier Design

Pictures © 2000 International Market Square

This is the design of the flier for the marketing project. Feel free to leave your comments below.

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Wish Upon A Falling Star

Thanks to my marketing project, I didn’t get to see the Sun at all yesterday. I did however, manage to catch the leotid shower last night. Though we were expecting leotids to come falling like rain, we were impressed at the few leotids every few minutes. The streaks that appeared in the sky as the leotids made their way were almost like strokes of a brush by an Almighty hand. As soon as the bright lines appeared, the Almighty hand hit ctrl-z (the undo keystroke) and they disappeared.

I heard you folks in Singapore didn’t get to see very much at all. You only get so much sky when high-rise buildings dominate so much of your vertical view. Come to Arizona some time, and we’ll wish upon a falling star.

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Biscotti has moved her blog here with a spanking new layout.

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Min is pouty and stormed to her room in mock (I hope) frustration upon finding out that our fellow Singaporeans in Arizona State University seem to be more “happening” than us. While all the Singaporeans in Tucson were contactable by phone on a Friday night, our ASU contact was at a bar soaking up the night life. It is without a doubt that ASU has a better club scene, being closer to Phoenix, by far a larger city than Tucson. Min also muttered something about transferring there.

I must admit that there are times I wonder what it would be like to hang out at these places of the night. It would be a different life. Instead I sit here typing my thoughts out to you, but I am glad for it. I know many of you are probably shaking your heads and thinking that I should at least see the world for myself. It’s just that I’ve never been a clubbing kind of person. I associate clubbing with dead baby seals. In my teens I spent my late nights out shooting hoops in the dark, or taking walks by the beach.

I miss walking by the beach with you.

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Just installed quite a load of programs on the computer. My first time seeing Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Adobe Illustrator. Frankly, there are so many programs I’d like to learn how to use but never had the willpower. Any of you experts out there willing to help inspire me? I’d like to be able to use

Flash Dreamweaver Fireworks Illustrator Freehand

That’s a pretty long list. The time I save from playing Dark Age of Camelot might just be able to cover all those…or not.

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Thank You For The Music

Just watched Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary on television. There is no doubt about it - he is the king of pop. NSync, The Backstreet Boys helped cover the juvenile appeal, while class acts like Gloria Estefan and James Ingram helped re-enact yesteryear for the rest of us old farts.

Black or White, Michael’s personal life has often been the brunt of many talkshows and stand-up comedies. Rumours that surrounded him have slowly elevated to an almost folklore status. How his nose melted during one of his concerts, his sleeping in an oxygen filled bubble, and many other tales we’ve come to know from that illusive someone who has actually seen it. Yet despite all the flak that we give him, he stood there tonight with his brother and sang “I’ll be there”. He stopped for a while near the end of the song as he fell to his knees and cried. In so many ways, he has always been there. He has been the freak whom we use as small talk during our formal dinners so that we never would have to fear being ridiculed for our own little idiosyncracies.

So thank you Michael, for the wonderful music you’ve brought into our lives. Many of us remember growing up to the tunes and even more have tried to mimic your moonwalk in total futility. We remember the young boy whose phenomenal stage presence captured us even over the radio. Now we gaze upon the man and we marvel at the product of an amazing journey. In the words of the fatally contagious ABBA, thank you for the music. Thank you for touching all our lives in your own unique and special way.

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Slow, Gradual, Emancipating Death

As some of you have correctly deduced, the absence from IRC and the lack of posts were a result of my being utterly busy at school. Well, you’re only partially correct. The more observant of you have also attributed this to my recent forays into the virtual world of Camelot as Xaverri Fairchild, of the race of Elves that inhabit Hiberia, trained to be a Nightshade, the most invisible of assassins.

It has been fun, and I say that in past tense. I have decided to stop playing Dark Age of Camelot. Those of you who have been into these roleplaying games know how hard a decision this is. The enjoyment is there, but one must admit that the time commitment these games take often have a toil on the real lives we live. Xaverri will slowly cease to exist, for I have many friends online I have to bid adieu. And Electrin, as real as I can be, will return here to Tribolum, where some of you have been faithfully coming.

The sun sets upon Camelot tonight, and like the nature of all true Nightshades, Xaverri disappears into nothingness.

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Decision Making

It is the weekend and Min and I often have problems deciding what to do. The reality is that we’re both too nice to force our own ways on each other. So what usually happens is that we end up pushing the decision around and never getting a straight answer.

“Do you want to go out tonight?”

“Mm….do you feel like going out tonight?”

“So, you want to watch the movie or not?”

“Mm…I don’t mind.”

See the dilemma? Well I just thought of a solution to all these problems. Have each party fill in a form that ranks their inclination toward a certain course of action, with 0 being the least inclined to 10 being the most inclined. If the total adds up to more than 10, pursue it.

All those management classes haven’t been wasted on me. Not that I’m going to implement any of this any time soon. Like all great management gurus, I thrive on theory, and theory alone.

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The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team won the Ikon Classic today. It was the only unranked team in the four team tournament. We beat #3 Maryland to reach the finals, where we scrapped our way to victory against #6 Florida. Those people who didn’t rank us in the top #25…it’s time to take out the pen and paper…and think again. Think hard.

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Food For Thought

You humans, most of you, subscribe to this policy…”an eye for an eye, a life for a life” which is known throughout the universe for its stupidity. Sure, you had Buddha or Jesus who preached otherwise, but not many listen to them. Not even the Buddhists or the Christians…” An excerpt from the movie K-Pax

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Blue Trucks

The only pickup lines I know are those from Datsun, but Biscotti and I were talking about them a little. Feel free to put your own two cents into the comments. My pickup line of the day is…

If you were a booger, I’d pick you first

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The for you pages have been updated.

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Sight for Sore Eyes

Yup, it’s a new layout. After feedback that the red was rather “in-your-face”, plus the fact that I found myself visiting my own website less, I decided to move to something more palatable to the human eye. It’s funny how humans are - the very same people who complained of the bright red were the same ones to say that they liked the Ferrari theme only after hearing it was going to be done away with. There’s still quite a lot of customization to do, and I’ll hack it when I have the time. In the meantime, I’m still here. :)

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Alternate Lifestyle

Some of you might have noticed my absence on IRC recently. While thing at school have been busy, whatever free time I’ve had I’ve used on Dark Age of Camelot. This role-playing computer game has impressed me so much that I was contemplating investing in the computer that produced it. Sadly, Mystic is not a listed company.

It is a great change away from the gun-toting, trash-talking genre of many computer games today that have mostly linear storylines. Even if they touted non-linear ones, it only meant they had two or more possible endings. DAoC, on the other hand, truly has no true ending. You can choose to be a knight in King Arthur’s realm, or a nature-loving Celtic, or should you prefer, a hammer-wielding Viking. You can choose to embark on quests and obtain rare items, gradually becoming a renowned adventurer. Or polish up the sword skills and become a fighter against invaders from other realms. The most intriguing I thought, was the chance to be a tradesperson.

I wanted to be a blacksmith when I started this game. The task proved a little too hard, so I became Xaverri, full-time assassin and part-time weaponsmith. Killing monsters and the like may be fun, but what I enjoyed most about the game is the chance to walk on the lush green grass, and dance in the rain. It actually has realistic weather effects and you can actually watch a sunset or sunrise. The connectivity of the game to the Internet means that almost every character you meet is a real person, and groups can be formed to accomplish shared goals of any kind.

Here’s a small snapshot of a sunset, by no means the most beautiful in Camelot.

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