Monday, March 31, 2008

A very quick update (unless it turns out differently or unless I severely overestimated your reading speed)

The Alarmist moved back home, full-time. Readers probably would rejoice because chances are she's gonna say something funny anyday now. She actually said something funny last week but I have been developing selective amnesia when it comes to anything that doesn't have anything to do with my new Macbook or The Floorober's new Nintendo DS lite. So what I've been trying to say is that I've got a lot of stuff on my little brain and can't remember what the Alarmist said that was so damn funny the other day. Chances are I dreamt that all up and she didn't say anything funny. I guess you all will have to wait until I remember what happened.

I bought a new laptop. It's a Macbook. Why I bought it? Well there are a few reasons actually:

  • I don't want to use Windows Vista
  • I want a cheap laptop (surprisingly the Macbook is actually quite cheap, but add the word Air in and you'll get a seriously overpriced laptop)
  • I get a free iPod with my laptop. I'm all for free iPods because seriously "2 iPods are not enough".
I just hope that I don't get iScrewed again. What can I say about my new laptop? I freaking love it. The Mac OS takes a little time to get used to. I still think that iTunes is weird but I've developed an appreciation for it. It's just that I'm used to organising my music folders manually and not trusting any software enough with organising it the way that I want.

So I've been spending a lot of time with my new laptop, and some of the time with the Floorober's Nintendo DS lite. She bought a mod chip so we've been playing quite a lot of games despite my almost hatred for games. I still don't get those Nintendo games. My absolute favourite at the moment is Mario Kart and it's the only game that I play. I tried those brain training games. I just don't think that those games do much for your brain. They claim to be measuring your "brain age", absolute bollocks. I tried 2 of those games on the same day and the first one said that I had the brain age of someone in their 20s, the other game said I have the brain age of a 78-year old. Discrepancy much?

What I'm extremely excited about this week is the fact that the last season of Battlestar Galactica is finally being shown. Do you know how exciting that is? Finally the last Cylon will be revealed!

Monday, March 24, 2008

3 reasons why I love Easter, why I don't like computer games and other unrelated topics

First off, the reasons why I love Easter:

  1. Uni holiday
  2. Double pay (if you work on Easter Friday and Monday)
  3. Sleep (this is a derivative reason due to the fact that it's uni holiday but "2 reasons why I love Easter" doesn't sound as good as "3 reasons why I love Easter")

Apart from all those reasons, there's nothing to make Easter more special than my birthday which was the National Sorry Day if you have to know. Why does it have to be special just because it's an important day to one of the main religions of the world?

I spent Friday at work contemplating whether Jesus should be called a zombie or a vampire. After some thinking I arrived at zombie, to be a vampire you have to do all sort of mutual blood drinking between the vampire and the one that would be turned into a vampire and other metaphysical bullshit according to Buffy the vampire slayer. But then didn't he offer his blood and his flesh, metaphorically speaking, to his disciples in the last supper? Does that count as reverse vampirism? Whatever, who cares? We don't even know if Jesus did come back. And by "know" I mean some scientific proof other than the well documented "scientific" facts from the world-renounced, "reason-friendly", thousand-year-old, beloved tome that is the Bible.

I've always wondered, but not intrigued and frankly too lazy to find out, about the deal with Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. What the heck does that have to do with a man dying on a cross and then coming back to life three days later? Well, now I know after reading this rather informative post. Think of it as recommended reading of the day.

The Floorober bought a Nintendo DS lite last week even after all my efforts in dissuading her from such foolish, time-wasting, antisocial and juvenile past-time. Oh we do play Halo occasionally, I have not problems with video games except for one which I will be discussing later. It's just that with Xbox we can't play it all day since we'd be in front of the TV all day and that is a pain, literally. The Nintendo DS removed the literal pain out of equation which means she will be playing all the time. Not good when you have parents who don't have the patience to nag and who would subsequently developed rather high-pitch yells once nagging fails. Also that's not good when you have to share the room with the nag-ee. Triply not good when you're already irritated because your lecture notes contradict themselves within the same slide and you're trying to decide which statement is true after emailing the lecturer to no avail while your parents try to use the high-pitch nagging technique on their unfazed, rather thick-skinned and patience-challenging other child. It always ends with me joining force with the parents. Triple the high-pitch yelling does do it for the nag-ee, but I always end up being more irritated.

Anyhow, the Floorober got the Nintendo DS lite and is waiting for some mod chip to play illegal copies of games to arrive. In the mean time I use the old Gameboy advance cartridges to try the DS out. After a few minutes of playing Mario Gallery (or whatever the hell the name of that game is) I remembered why I never liked those games or playing games a lot. They make me anxious. Every time I lost a life I felt like my heart stopped for a millisecond. Curiously enough, I feel that way before exams and before I find out my exam results. "Surprisingly" enough, I don't like exams. This is probably why I like puzzles more than the games that only require hand-eye coordination.

The Alarmist is back for the holiday, she said something rather funny today which I'm pretty sure was funny at the time but I can't remember now so I reckon it wasn't that funny. So, no Alarmist quotes.

The Drama Queen (DQ for short, that's my grandmother if you haven't read or have read but subsequently have forgotten this) had another drama session recently when she went on a hunger strike after my dad telling her not to water a chili plant to the point of drowning it and then cover it with cardboard so that not any sunlight can get to the plant. If there is an equivalent organisation to RSCPA but for plants they would have stormed our house and gently uproot the poor chili plant to put up for adoption in some other household. Or if that chili plant can magically grow legs and move, it would have uprooted itself to get away from the DQ's "tender" care many moons ago. Anyway, after her one-day hunger strike, the DQ resumed eating food but refused any nutritious food. When asked why, she said she did so so that she can die sooner. If you know my grandmother, she's a hard-core Catholic devout, what she is talking about is very close to suicide, and suicide in Catholics' book is the highway to hell. My mum pointed that out to her, she's been eating proper food again but who knows when she's gonna pull that one out again?

Since the Alarmist's back for the one-week holiday, the DQ has taken up waking up the Alarmist at various time of the day to tell the Alarmist that she should go eat. Strange thing is I think the DQ needs to eat more than the Alarmist.

What I'm really excited about at the moment is buying a new laptop. I'm finally too sick of my slow-ass old laptop. I was gonna buy a Vista laptop but then all I've heard about Vista is bad news so this might be a good time to jump out of a might-be sinking ship (that I haven't gotten onto yet so I shouldn't be worried about but being me, I was worried anyway) that is Vista. It was either OS X or Ubuntu or buying a Vista laptop and wipe it clean then install XP on it. The Linux and the Windows options sound like a lot of work that I won't want to do so OS X is the way to go. As a lot of reviews have been saying about OS X, if you like iTunes you'll love OS X. Here's my problem: I freaking hate iTunes. I hate its ass ever since I got my first iPod in 2004. We'll see how it'll turn out. If I end up hating OS X there's always running XP on Boot camp on the new Macbook.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

a stream of sleepy conciousness which sometimes don't actually flow very well

I'm sleepy, I'm tired, I'm bored, I tried to blog but ended up just typing whatever comes to my head. Some of this might make sense, some might not, some might even be completely random. Strictly for when you're not sleepy but are bored and would read whatever I churn out.

More reasons why I haven't been blogging regularly:

  • The place where I work at is short on staff at the moment.
  • I'm a slave to the wage. Plus I get to look all knowledgeable and shit when telling people what are actually in Panadeine which they could have read out themselves had they had a proper look at the packaging.

New year's resolution that has successfully been unresolved: Stop drinking coffee. I tried to create a loophole for myself when I phrased that resolution. The resolution straight out of my diary is:
5/ Stop drinking coffee regularly.
First I started to drink coffee again, irregularly. Then I crossed that resolution out completely. Note to self: caffeine is the only thing that can get you through a day with at least 4 lectures.

An untimely update on the Alarmist: she moved semi-out since last week. She's crashing at her friend's flat for the weekdays and comes home for the weekends. So now I see even less of her since I work almost every single day on weekends.

On a related note to the Alarmist moving semi-out. My parents didn't cry over it, my little sister didn't cry over it, I didn't cry over it but boy did my grandmother cry. She cried about it for 2 days straight.

Freddo moments (a.k.a: Misheard/misremembered by the Alarmist):
I expect this to be a very short-lived or short addition to this already ailing blog since the Alarmist moved semi-out. The Alarmist tends to remember things incorrectly and sometime hilariously. Those moments were coined "Freddo" moments by my other sister who I have yet to find an annoying enough trait to label her with. She uses the floor as a wardrobe more often than I like but calling her the Floorober is .... fucking cool! I think I've just found a name for the "Other Nguyen girl" (sorry about that lame play on "The other boleyn girl", I'm sleepy, this is supposed to be a chaotic post which might or might not capture what goes on in my sleepy head).
Back to Freddo moments, the Floorober coined the Alarmist's funny misremembered moments that because she once called Frodo Freddo. On with the Freddo moments / Alarmist quotes then:

I want that song "Maybe maybe maybe", do you have it, can you put it on my ipod?
She was referring to a song called "Perhaps perhaps perhaps" by CAKE

I also want that album by that band "The shaved head of Natalie Portman"

Of course she was talking about a band whose name is "Natalie Portman's shaved head" (off topic: freaking cool synthpop band one of my favourite last month)

And let's not forget what "What's eating Gilbert Grapes" is remembered as in her brain (possibly in the frontal cortex, mesolimbic system, A10 dopaminergic neurones with their cell bodies in the ventral tegmental area - see how seamlessly pharmacology can be applied in real life? I wonder how people can live without pharmacology knowledge!) as "What's eating Gilbert's Grapes".

A few parting words on Facebook. That's a piss-poor place to stalk people who, like me, don't use it. I have a Facebook account, find it if you really want to, it's just a wee-little-bit abandoned since I created it. My main gripe with Facebook is that I lose touch with people for a reason and Facebook manages to provide the people that I don't want to keep in touch with an effortless route to "poke" me had they know that I have a Facebook account.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

For those who are bored

So I've been getting complaints about no new posts on my blog from the Doodler. My response was there's nothing to blog about. Why? Here are the reasons:

  • I refuse to blog about work.
  • There's nothing to blog about uni since the Doodler is there most of the time and wouldn't miss anything.
  • Uni is dull and nothing much happened except for some "drama" that is blown way out of proportion which doesn't even worth thinking about let alone blogging about.
  • Nothing new on the Alarmist, it's actually quite strange, I haven't had a proper conversation with the Alarmist for a few days now. She gets out of the house early for her uni when I usually am still in bed. I get home late when she's studying. Thus, no amusing Alarmist quote.
When the Doodler complained about my blog I thought it was some kind of compliment. Inside I was thinking "yay, someone actually likes reading my blog!" but no, the Doodler was just bored and would read anything. So here are a few things you can read/look at if you're that bored:
  • The "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks. If you know me I'm quite sarcastic which I've been toning down. I even made a new year resolution for it. Resolution number 10: be less sarcastic (I don't know why but that resolution just sounds so sarcastic). Anyhow, all the sarcasm is bottled up everyday and it had to be released somehow and that is where this blog comes in. It's hilarious sometimes.
  • My profile. Here's some shameless self-promotion. Sort of. is a place where you can stalk people's music listening habit. It's updated in real-time so if you stalk my profile often enough you'd probably catch me listening to something you'd consider embarrassing. Aside from stalking potential, is the best way to find new bands to listen to so get on it people.
  • My profile. More shameless self-promotion. Since you're bored you're gonna read anything right? This is just a place to store a list of all the albums I've listened to and have rated recently. A handy website since I download and listen to a lot of music and I cannot possibly remember all the good stuff I've downloaded.
There, hope those will keep you entertained until something good actually happens.


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