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Thursday, September 02, 2004 0 comments
Mood: In a state of surreality...
Currently listening to: Buffy on the TV (why??? I don't even watch Buffy!!!)
Ok, so i've finally decided to come out of my short-term hermitage (brought about by a really bad case of inconsistent sleeping hours plus a severe shortage of sleeping pills in the house) and have decided to post something. A hard task seeing that there is no one at hand to type it for me...
Well, first off, apologies to all who have attempted to call me but sleeping at 11am and waking at 7pm will do that to a guy. Speaking of which - isn't it amazing how fast the days fly by when you hardly ever see the sun? Come to think of it, i must now re-evaluate my theory on the night being the most productive time of the day because in all my waking hours i have done next to nothing for the past... three(?) days but watch late night TV, manicly play Generals and listlessly wander around the house. Hell, i wonder what the neighbours think when they hear the sound of a vacuum cleaner at 4am three nights in a row. I just hope that its nothing overly kinky (God i love that word)...
Come to think of it, i didn't even manage to finish my assignment on Wednesday. Not entirely my fault mind you since the damn thing didn't save itself properly, but it was an adequate excuse for me to bemoan my bad luck and take the opportunity to not do anything at all. That, and just when i need it most my Monash username and password doesn't seem to work...
I really think that the root of the whole problem concerns itself with the very simple fact that i just cannot wake up at a reasonable hour on my own, without the physical presence of someone nearby kicking me in the groin each and every morning...
*thinks back wistfully (and a bit painfully) at the good ol' days when OSS Secretary-elect Joa's job description specifically required her to wake up her exhalted Director each and every morning*
Ah well, chalk that one up to one more reason that i should actually get into a relationship of some sort. I NEED to have someone constantly screaming at me in order to get anything done (or much less wake up)... Its good for the soul.
Hrmmm... thats assuming that i give a damn though. ;)
Okay, no more fiddling around... its Thursday night and i seriously need to get some work done so, before i start listing out the inane things that seem to amuse the vast majority of you all, i'd like to mention a few things:
Andrei: Sorry man, was sleeping. Plus am now completely bald and not in the best of shape due to much lying around... What kind of shoot was it for any way?
Janice: Hey you actually UPDATED? Awesome! Erm... "currently listening to Pat's version of Raindrops Keep Fallin on my Head.. totally by accident coz it was in my harddisk.. damn funny. anyone want a copy?? hehehe..." Crapcrapcrap... :o
Albert: Ok, just to let everyone know that Al has in fact (with a fair bit of nudging) started his very own blog - the very aptly titled Bitter Asian Man! Be sure to check it out 'k? Oh, and on a side note, dude the password and username you gave me was incorrect, can you email me the correct one? And the haloscan one too...
Hrmmm... that actually reminds me that i'm supposed to help Leonard and Bryon set up their own blogs AND work on Boon's sidebar... Er, i'll get around to it guys... someday... ;p
In the meantime just go to blogger and create a new one... you'll probably only need my help when it comes to modifying the code, but hey in the meantime its simplicity itself to just start.
Tedy: Yikes! Should really update that website huh? Ok, will put one there after Zamil's performance tomorrow...
Hm... thats about it i think. Onwards!
Yup, news of interest today...
Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All
Spotted this nifty article:
For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot.
The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or maybe thousands of small transmitters around the city — probably atop lampposts. Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers.
Once complete, the network would deliver broadband Internet almost anywhere radio waves can travel — including poor neighborhoods where high-speed Internet access is now rare.
And the city would likely offer the service either for free, or at costs far lower than the $35 to $60 a month charged by commercial providers, said the city's chief information officer, Dianah Neff.
"If you're out on your front porch with a laptop, you could dial in, register at no charge, and be able to access a high speed connection," Neff said. "It's a technology whose time is here."
If the plan becomes a reality, Philadelphia could leap to the forefront of a growing number of cities that have contemplated offering wireless Internet service to residents, workers and guests.
Wow! Is that cool or what??? And (probably) free too! Damn Philadelphians get all the luck... we just get fucking Cyberjaya. :(
So what does a man really like in a woman? Go figure.
I don't know if its just me or something but most of the articles that caught my eye today consisted of some sort of self-analysis through scientific principles which were always in some way connected with women or relationships... weird huh? Stupid subconscious giving away my thoughts... ;p
I mean, like, now there's an article saying that they can determine a man's personality by his preference of female erogenous body parts (hrmmm... that sentence sounds disturbing in a very serial killer-esque way - oh well):
In the study, male test subjects were shown pictures of nude females with varied sizes of breasts, buttocks and legs. Each subject was asked to pick the picture he preferred, and all men were later given a personality test. Then the professor announced the results of her 10-year dirty-picture exhibition. Her research showed, she said, that there was a significant correlation between men's anatomical preferences and their own personalities.
Men who liked women with large breasts, for example, were found to be "outgoing, show-offy, and independent," and "don't care to help other people."
Men who preferred women with large buttocks were "orderly, socially dependent, guilty, and self-abasing."
And men who liked what the survey called "leggy women" were found to be "socially active and willing to help others."
Hrmmm... orderly, socially dependent, guilty and self-abasing you say? ;)
This kinda reminds of that article on eye colour being a determinant of your alcohol habits... (btw, blue eyed people drink more)
Marriage is the secret to 'stayin alive'
So, in a similar vein to the previous article (get used to this) here's another piece of news that implies that not being in a relationsip/married is, apparently, as bad as smoking - aren't we just so sociable? ;p
Wanna live longer? Well, then for one if you are single get married soon, for staying single is far more endangering to your life than smoking, if a new research is to be believed.
The research, which monitored the lifestyles of 10,000 adults in their 40s across Britain over 10 years reveals that men and women without a partner drink too much, skip meals, work too hard and lack the emotional stability enjoyed by those who get married. So much so that 600 of 10,000 people monitored over a decade died.
The study to be published in The Journal of Health Economics looked at the different mortality rates of men and women who were married, single, divorced and widowed to see if there were any differences in the risk of death over an eight-year period.
The researchers found that men who had never married or who were separated or divorced at the start of the research were 10 per cent more likely to die during the following eight years. Women who were single, separated or divorced at the start of the study had a 4.8 per cent greater risk of dying.
"Marriage keeps you alive and the effect is remarkably large. The excess mortality for the unmarried is similar to that of a smoker," the Independent quoted Professor Andrew Oswald, the lead researcher as saying.
Great, juuuuust great. Faced with this new information, let me take a quick reality check:
1. Smoke? Check.
2. Single? Check.
3. The possibility that you will never get married? Check.
4. The fact that you KNOW that you're gonna die really early? Check.
Familiar faces seem more friendly
Article can be found here.
Far from opposites attracting, people tend to choose friends who look like them, research suggests.
However, psychologist Dr Lisa DeBruine found a facial resemblance is not a turn-on when we are looking for a partner.
She believes we may have evolved to prefer the company of people who remind us of family - but have a biological block to prevent incest.
The study is published in the Journal of the Royal Society.
The researchers showed volunteers male and female faces that had been computer-manipulated to produce a 'family resemblance'.
Men liked other men's faces that resembled their own and women liked other women's faces that resembled their own.
However, a facial resemblance did not influence attraction to opposite-sex faces.
Hrmmmm... i still think the punchline had to be: "We should trust people who share our genes, build friendships with them, but not go to bed with them." Amen to that. Although, given a little thought, i'm not really sure if i can say that any of my friends really look similar to me... Actually, come to think of it, i have more friends who share fewer facial similarities than me rather than the opposite way around (i think). Then again, i still stand by the fact that eccentricity (or even insanity!) is attractive... *rawrrrrr* ;p
China teaches "real love"
Article can be found here:
China's eastern financial hub of Shanghai is adding a dash of romance to the school curriculum to teach children about real love, as opposed to the Internet chatroom variety.
"Stories and poems on love written by well-known authors, Chinese and foreign, ancient and contemporary, have been added to middle school textbooks in a special unit titled 'Love is like a song', an unprecedented endeavour," Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.
The literature includes work by Russian poet Pushkin, excerpts from Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" and Chinese love classics written by ancient and contemporary writers.
"With the development of information technology and the media industry, people in China, including students, are exposed to news and information on love at an unprecedented rate," Xinhua said, without mentioning Internet pornography.
"In Chinese society, however, love, both spiritual and physical, remains a traditional taboo and a topic seldom touched on in the Chinese curriculum, though it is a factor widely believed to divert students' attention from study."
I have no idea why, but i really think that this is a great idea! Well, imagine this... a school full of secondary schoolers learning and questioning that great topic of literature with the kids talking, analyzing, and trying to come to grips with the whole issue of love. I mean, all those questions, all that confusion during that stage in life when you're likely to be or get into your first real relationship (exploration of sex aside) can finally be brought into the open with the questions that need to be asked being asked (and not directly either)... not to mention some semblance of how it should feel or how one should react to it. I'm not saying that most people in their 50s have the definitive answer to this but, i mean, its nothing as compared to the first time you fall in love right? That, or at the very least they'll be able to learn some decent romantic quotes... ;)
Do The Lynndie!
Courtesy of Bad Gas!
Who can forget the iconic image of Lynndie England, the ugly she-man, grinning and pointing at an Iraqi prisoner-of-war's cock?
The image has shocked, sickened and outraged people. But more importantly, it has captured the imagination of young men and women all around the world who don't give much of a shit about anything. The result is a new craze called "doing a Lynndie". If you aren't "doing a Lynndie" now, you soon will be.
So what does doing a Lynndie involve? Here are the basic instructions:
Find a victim who deserves to be "Lynndied".
Make sure you have a friend nearby with a camera ready to capture the "Lynndie".
Stick a cigarette (or pen) in your mouth and allow it to hang slightly below the horizontal.
Face the camera, tilt your upper body slightly forward but lean back on your right leg.
Make a hitchhiking gesture with your right hand and extend your right arm so that it's in roughly the same position as if you were holding a rifle.
Keeping your left arm slightly bent, point in the direction of the victim and smile.
Ideally, you should refrain from telling the victim what you're about to do. Victims who are unaware, bemused or angry make for a Lynddie that is more in keeping with the original.
If you've "done a Lynndie" and would like it to appear in the gallery, send the picture to Nobody (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with details of where it was taken.
Hrmmm... i am sorely tempted to send one in... where's Joa and Albert when i need 'em? ;)
Anyway, here's the top 5 pics he's got so far:
Come on guys! Lets give it a go! ;p
Urgh. I'm outta here.
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